CAMERAS: 97 caught each day.
CAMERAS: 97 caught each day.

Plea to slow down on fines

By RACHEL AFFLICK

DRIVERS say they need more time to prove the speed camera at St Helena is 'faulty', and are backing calls for their fines to be postponed for three months.

Ballina MP Don Page last week called on NSW Roads Minister Eric Roozendaal in Parliament to place a three-month moratorium on the payment of infringements recorded by the camera.

He said it would give drivers more time to launch a legal challenge.

Mr Page said Mr Roozendaal should take action, in light of the abnormally high number of infringements around 97 a day in the late March to mid-July period, compared with an average of 12 a day normally.

The move has buoyed the spirits of locals still determined to challenge the camera's accuracy.

One affected driver, Coorabell resident Ron Fidler, said it was heartening to see the controversy over the camera had not faded, even though the RTA continued to deny it was faulty.

"I don't think it's going to fall over. I think it's going to be a battle," Mr Fidler said.

He was one of 15 motorists who met at the weekend to discuss plans of action over the camera.

Some motorists are exploring the option of a legal challenge.

South Golden Beach resident Bryce Houston, who also attended the meeting, hoped Mr Roozendaal backed the three-month moratorium for the sake of the community.

Mr Houston said there was a lot at stake, particularly as some motorists stood to lose their licences and their jobs after receiving multiple infringements from the camera.

"It's been a real shock for people. We need three months to work out what's going on," Mr Houston said.

Mr Roozendaal has yet to respond to the request for a moratorium.

Mr Page said he would bring the matter up again when Parliament meets today.



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