Fund highway patrols
REVENUE raised from traffic fines should be used to fund more highway patrol officers.
That’s the strategy being pushed by NRMA Motoring and Services and the Police Association of NSW ahead of the State election.
Both bodies want the ALP and the Coalition to commit 40 per cent of revenue from fixed, mobile, speed and safety cameras to recruit 200 highway patrol officers.
They say the remaining 60 per cent of revenue should be invested back into roads (40%) and road safety education (20%).
“Based on traffic-fine revenue in 2009/2010, $110 million a year could be used to fund the recruitment of new officers,” said NRMA Group CEO Tony Stuart.
“Overall, revenue from traffic fines is forecast to raise around $300m this financial year.
“The extra 200 highway patrol officers should not be diverted from the frontline.”
Mr Stuart said the public would be more willing to accept the use of camera technology to slow people down if revenue from fines was directed back into safety.
“While cameras have a role to play, only highway patrol can crack down on other dangerous behaviour such as reckless driving and drink-driving."