Speed camera rakes in nearly $1m in fines

Last updated 13:37 04/10/2012

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Drivers in the Nelson region copped close to $1 million in fines in a year from being caught by the mobile speed camera.

And they are well on the way to doing the same again this year, with fines reaching $760,800 by the end of August.

One speed camera van covers Nelson, Marlborough and Kaikoura, manned by two operators covering different shifts.

In Nelson, the top speed-camera site is in Haven Rd by Auckland Point School, then the northern end of Atawhai Dr and Main Rd near Stoke School.

The Nelson Mail made an Official Information Act request to find how much speeding drivers are paying in infringements in Nelson Bays.

Last year the camera van notched 15,969 infringements and offences, and in the first eight months of this year 13,522. Speeding fines are paid to the police and transferred to the Government's consolidated fund.

Of the $995,570 total fees last year, $806,920 was in fees paid and $188,650 was unpaid and referred to the courts. This year to the end of August, $621,930 has been paid, and $138,870 unpaid fines referred to the courts.

Tasman district road policing manager Inspector Jenni Richardson was unavailable for comment but last month said she hoped to get another speed camera for the district. That depended on funding allocation.

The NZ Transport Agency has $10m set aside for speed cameras nationally, and has been waiting on a business case from the police.

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- The Nelson Mail

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