By Samuel Smith
Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Two fixed speed cameras along the South-Eastern Freeway made more than $3 million in revenue during the last year, new figures have revealed.
Snapping 8654 speeding motorists between them, the cameras – in Leawood Gardens and Crafers – were South Australia’s highest earners for 2018/19.
Throughout the financial year, a total of 202,148 speeding offences were detected by SAPOL with motorists forking out more than $25 million in fixed camera fines alone.
RAA Senior Manager for Road Safety Charles Mountain said that although yearly fixed speed camera revenue has decreased significantly since 2015, motorists were still getting caught in the same spots.
Incredibly, the 2 South-Eastern Freeway cameras made over $6 million in revenue between them during the 2017/18 financial year.
Though that number dropped significantly in 2018/19, they’re still the highest earning cameras in the state by far.
Caught on camera
The total amount generated by fixed safety cameras in SA during the last financial year.
“Despite [fixed camera] fines dropping steadily since 2014/15, when they peaked at $33 million, the same 2 cameras along the South-Eastern Freeway are consistently high earners,” he said.
“The latest figures would suggest that motorists, particularly along this section of the South-Eastern Freeway, are still ignoring the message to slow down.
This highlights the need for additional signs on this section of road, to reinforce the speed limit to motorists.”
Where else are motorists being snapped?
The South-Eastern Freeway saw the most fixed speed camera fines in 2018/19, with 4976 drivers snapped at Leawood Gardens – raking in more than $2 million – and 3678 snapped at Crafers – costing speeding motorists a combined total of close to $1.5 million.
Close by in Adelaide’s foothills, a fixed camera on Montague Rd, Ingle Farm racked up more than $900,000 in fines, snapping 3364 drivers.
Just outside the city, a Goodwood Rd camera generated roughly $840,000 from a total of 3083 fines. Rounding out the top 5, a camera on Prospect Rd caught 2955 drivers, setting them back a total of $769,190.
Top sites for fixed speeding fines in 2018/19
|Location||Number of fines||Total revenue raised|
|South-Eastern Freeway, Leawood Gardens||4976||$2,015,454|
|South-Eastern Freeway, Crafers||3678||$1,429,355|
|Montague Rd, Ingle Farm||3364||$921,391|
|Goodwood Rd, Goodwood||3083||$842,006|
|Prospect Rd, Prospect||2955||$769,190|
Well over the limit
Alarmingly, in 2018/19 more than half of SA’s speeding motorists were caught travelling 10-19km over the limit.
Earlier in the year, RAA’s Speed limits in South Australia study found almost half of the 1400 motorists surveyed admitted to occasionally speeding more than 10km/h over the limit.
The survey also found 73% of motorists were likely to speed when overtaking and a whopping 8 in 10 SA motorists exceeded the speed limit by 5-10km/h.
How much are motorists over by?
|Number of km/h over the limit||Amount of motorists caught speeding|
|0-9 km/h over||76,918|
|10-19 km/h over||110,599|
|20-29 km/h over||10,337|
|30-44 km/h over||2,414|
|45+ km/h over||1,880|
RAA Senior Manager Road Safety Charles Mountain said speeding motorists were not only risking a fine, but also their lives and those of other road users.
“Research shows speed continues to be a major contributing factor to serious and fatal crashes,” Mr Mountain said.
“Even small increases in speed mean you travel a longer distance before your react, combined with a longer stopping distance.”