This is not a road safety strategy in the current system, this is a budget strategy.

This is not a road safety strategy in the current system, this is a budget strategy.

My name is Robert Doyle, Leader of the Victorian opposition, and we say that this is not a road safety strategy in the current system, this is a budget strategy, and the Brack’s Government has now become completely dependent on windfall gains from Victoria’s motorists During the last Victorian election campaign, we, the Liberal Party of Victoria suggested that a 10 percent leeway should be restored in speed-camera prosecutions. In other words, that if the speed limit were 70km/h motorists should only be fined once they exceeded 77km/h. The Brack’s government’s leeway of 3 percent is much too low. Our concern is that the speeding fines that this government has come to rely on to prop up their surplus is not about road safety, it’s about revenue collection. We the Opposition party, are concerned the way things are going; more dissatisfaction and uproar will arise as it becomes more and more obvious to the public that fining is getting out of hand and becoming a source of revenue for the government. Developments over the course of 2003 seem to have fed popular dissatisfaction with speed restrictions, speed cameras and fines. The Brack’s Government has extended its campaign against speeding, phasing in reduced speeds in the vicinity of schools. It is phasing in dual purpose cameras at 85 high risk intersections. These cameras will detect both those who speed and those who run red lights. The Government is also intending to introduce a series of cameras along particular roadways which will allow motorists to be fined for having an average speed over a particular distance which exceeds the speed allowable, with schemes such as these in development; it is a sure thing that the Government will be collecting quite a bundle of revenue from the public. If the government were concerned about road safety it would use fine revenues to improve roads. It has been claimed that substantial fines are being garnered along stretches of ro…


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