$660,000 - Meet the region?s top money-spinner

By ZOE SATHERLEY

CLUNES village people love Bob Carr's cash cow.

It stands on one leg at the top of the hill, blinking at passing motorists.

So far its blinks have captured hundreds of speeding drivers and earned the State Government $662,440 in revenue last year.

Far from feeling negative about their highway fixed speed camera, a survey of local business owners and residents found widespread support for the device.

In fact, many thought there should be more speed cameras and welcomed anything that helped save lives and reduced speed in front of their homes and shops.

The Clunes fixed speed camera is the region's top earner according to figures released this week.

It is the 27th most profitable of the State's 111 speed cameras.

The next top earners in our region are cameras at Alstonville (38th with $487,467), Tenterfield (40th ? $469,087), New Italy (86th -$37,836), Wardell (89th ? $28,396), Burringbar (102nd ? $7429), Wollongbar (109th ? $1668) and Ocean Shores (111th ? $886).

A spokeswoman for the RTA said speed cameras were located by them ? and not the police department ? according to strict criteria in areas with a high accident rate.

She said research showed the use of speed cameras reduced traffic accidents and fatalities.

However, Member for Ballina and Shadow Roads Minister, Don Page, said while some speed cameras are located to improve road safety, others appear to be located to raise revenue.

"A range of road measures including driver education, better roads, reliable fixed and mobile speed cameras and more police patrols should be considered to reduce accidents and fatalities," he said.

"I am a strong supporter of a range of road safety measures including flashing lights at school zones.



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