Drivers Fume Over Plan To Remove Speed Camera Warning Signs
As part of a new plan to 'save lives', the New South Wales government is moving to remove speed camera and red light warnings.
The New South Wales government claims scrapping speed camera warning signs could save 54 lives each year.
This year 312 people have been killed on New South Wales roads - which is up by 16 from this time last year, according to Transport for NSW.
"We've seen speed cameras reduce fatality rates by 80 percent at intersections around this state," NSW Transport and Roads Minister Andrew Constance said.
New South Wales top motoring body, the NRMA, has urged the government to rethink the proposal.
"The warning signs act as a crucial education tool to alert motorists that they're driving in dangerous locations where people have been killed or injured and obviously what we want them to do is slow down," NRMA Spokesperson, Peter Khoury said on Monday.
Khoury said removing signs would result in more fines and any revenue raised should go back into road safety.
The announcement comes following the release of data which showed Sydney drivers were hit with more than $104 million in speed camera fines in the past 12 months.
Enraged New South Wales drivers have taken to Twitter, claiming they're being used as 'cash cows' by the state government.
"How is removing the signs going to save lives?... It's more to do with revenue raising," wrote one Twitter user.
"Signposted cameras already raise $150 million per annum in NSW! Not enough?," another user added.
Queensland drivers have called on their state government to remove covert cameras from the roads.
The Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers said hidden cameras are a "revenue raiser" that fail to stop speeding and damage the reputation of police.
"Getting a ticket in the mail up to a month after speeding when you can barely remember even where you were back then, has no effect and is quite rightly cynically viewed as revenue-raising," Leavers told AAP.
"Police receive significant criticism from the public and are accused of being 'revenue raisers' when unmarked and covert speed cameras or speed camera trailers are deployed," he said.
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