$600 million in driving fines - how to avoid paying

RACQ has urged Queenslanders to stop speeding, running red-lights and using hand-held mobile phones behind the wheel or risk not only lives, but being hit with crippling fines.

The Courier Mail reported State Treasury was set to rake in a massive $597 million next financial year from all traffic fines.

RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said motorists had a simple choice about whether they would contribute to the projected revenue.

“We call this a voluntary tax - if you don’t want to pay it then don’t speed, run red lights or use your hand-held mobile phone behind the wheel,” Mr Turner said.

“The increase in revenue in future years is partly because we’ll see a roll out of mobile phone and seat belt detection cameras at the conclusion of the trial and if the numbers of those caught breaking the law continues, as we’ve seen during the trial, sadly we’ll see a lot of drivers paying fines.

“Education alone hasn’t worked, so tougher enforcement is now needed. With 257 Queenslanders dead on our roads this year and facing the worst road toll in a decade it is hard to argue that we don’t need more enforcement.”

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Mr Turner said revenue raised by the Camera Detected Offence Program, which would include mobile phone cameras, was legally required to be reinvested back into road safety initiatives.

“It’s law that revenue from these fines is reinvested where it’s needed most,” he said.

“While we support the rollout of new cameras and technology, our members also want to see an increased on-road police presence to detect a range of driving offences and poor behaviours.

“Ultimately we’re pleading with motorists to avoid the fines and risks to themselves altogether and commit to driving safely every time they get behind the wheel.”