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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 10 Hansard (29 August) . . Page.. 3126..


Speed cameras

(Question No 242)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to QON 216:

(1) For the years 1999/2000, 2000/2001, 2001/2002 (to 31 May 2002):

(a) What costs were involved in the operation/maintenance of equipment/vehicles etc?

(b) Detail how the revenue that was raised was used?

(2) What initiatives will be introduced to cut road fatalities in the ACT and to generally improve ACT roads?

Mr Wood: The answer to Mr Stefaniak's question is as follows:

(1)

a) The estimated cost of operation and maintenance of the mobile speed cameras was

Costs

1999-00

$373,000

2000-01

$580,000

2001-02 (up to 31 May 02)

$689,000

b) The fines from speed camera infringements form part of general revenue that is available to fund the Government's appropriated expenditure.

(2) Current initiatives to cut road fatalities and to improve ACT roads include the 50 km/h residential speed limits; fixed and mobile speed cameras; the Road Ready Driver Training Program; Traffic Congestion and Road Safety Improvement program and Black Spot Road Safety program which is federally funded.

In addition the AFP Traffic Operations have introduced a strategy that will ensure that every suburb in the ACT will be visited on a regular basis by a Traffic Operations vehicle and ACT Policing has recently upgraded all mobile radar fitted to ACT Policing Traffic Operations vehicles reducing down time. Six additional mobile radar units have been purchased and are now operational on police motorcycles.

Initiatives will continue to be introduced to cut road fatalities and to improve ACT roads.


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