More speed cameras to boost road safety in Queensland

After it was revealed more speed cameras would be rolled out across Queensland over the next four years, the State’s peak motoring body has welcomed the increased enforcement if it led to fewer speed-related deaths on the roads.

The Brisbane Times reported $160.6 million was collected from speed camera fines in 2017-18, with that amount expected to rise by 47 percent over the next four years.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said it was disappointing so many motorists had been caught speeding.

“The best way to avoid a speeding fine is to not speed. Speed limits are there for a reason,” Mr Spalding said.

Mr Spalding said speed camera locations were selected based on factors like crash history and assessed risk of the site or section of road, with money raised from fines going to road safety initiatives.

“We see point-to-point cameras as a good thing, they help control speeds over longer stretches of road,” he said.

“Our members have told us they think highly of high visibility policing, and we’ll continue to advocate for on-road patrols as an important part of the road safety mix.”