Anger picks up over speed camera
By RACHEL AFFLICK and HELEN JACK
ANGER over an allegedly faulty speed camera at the bottom of St Helena near Byron Bay has spread across Australia.
More than 350 motorists from as far away as Western Australia, Melbourne and Sydney have phoned Coorabell resident Ron Fidler to register their frustration at speeding fines they believe are unwarranted.
Mr Fidler said there could be thousands of motorists with fines and lost demerit points who don't realise the camera may be faulty.
The Roads and Traffic Authority has denied the speed camera is faulty. A spokesperson yesterday said RTA technicians and the camera's manufacturers visited the camera site twice this week, but tests confirmed it was working accurately.
"It was also tested on July 2 and shown to be working accurately," the RTA said.
Mr Fidler has copped two speeding fines since the camera was installed in 2006 and calculates the camera is adding 12km/h to everyone's speed, and has been doing so since last April. "People have called from as far away as Western Australia since hearing about it on the Today Tonight TV show," he said
Brooklet resident Kathryn Tysonhad a 40-year clean driving record before receiving a $590 fine from the camera on June 14 after it recorded her speed at 98 km/h and fears she could lose her license for three months.
Ballina MP Don Page is fighting to have the tickets waived after being inundated with calls, already filing 60 complaints with the RTA.