St Helena speed fines will have to be paid by more than 500

By Alex Easton alex.easton@northernstar.com.au SPEEDING tickets for more than 500 people picked up by the St Helena speed camera will have to be paid, despite the drivers claiming the camera was wrong.

Ballina MP Don Page, who has been pressing the motorists' case, yesterday confirmed NSW Roads Minister Eric Roozendaal had decided the fines more than 800 of them would stand after the RTA said the camera worked.

Motorists from across Australia say they were wrongly fined.

Mr Page said he was told the cameras were checked by the RTA five times between March 28 and July 2, and each time they were working perfectly.

Mr Page said he was still getting calls from motorists around Australia who believed they had been wrongly fined, but the RTA's finding left few options.

"It's difficult to prove that the cameras are inaccurate after the event and in the absence of scientific evidence," he said.

Anyone now wanting to challenge their fine would have to take their chances before a magistrate, he said.

Currumbin resident Brian Littleford was one of those who believed he was wrongly booked and said he would now just have to wear it.

He said he felt for those people who had lost their licences to the camera.

"Some of those people have been booked dozens of times. I don't know how those people are getting about. It's ridiculous," he said.



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