Clunes local Brian Berg signs a petition at the Clunes local store to have the speed camera turned on.
Clunes local Brian Berg signs a petition at the Clunes local store to have the speed camera turned on. Jay Cronan

Residents unsure of speed camera

CLUNES residents are not convinced that the reactivation of the village's speed camera to issue warning letters rather than fines will reduce the number of speeding motorists, with one scornfully labelling it a “Clayton's camera”.

Roads minister Duncan Gay yesterday announced through a Sydney newspaper that the camera would be turned back on, with a spokesman adding speeding motorist would not be issued with fines.

“If a driver is caught by a camera ... they are issued warning letters but not infringement notices,” he was reported saying.

Brian Berg, who has lived in the sleepy village for 13 years and witnessed one fatal crash and another when a vehicle ended up in his front yard before the camera was installed 10 years ago, described the minister's decision as “silly”.

“Where's the point in it, you either have it on or you don't. It's a Clayton's speed camera,” he said.

“I don't know where he is coming from but to me it sounds a bit silly.

"If no-one is going to get fined what's going to stop them from speeding through the village.”

Another resident, John Drysdale, who is undecided about whether the fine-less camera will work, said the fact that the camera had raised more than $1.2 million in fines last financial year indicated that many motorists ignored speed limits.

Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell also doubted the effectiveness of issuing warnings.

“My concern is speeding is always predominantly locals (from the Northern Rivers) and if they know that they are only going to get a warning they might just disregard the camera,” she said.

The minister's spokesperson yesterday told The Northern Star that the department was currently talking with the RTA about imposing a limit on the number of warning letters to serial offenders before speeding motorists are issued with a fine or lose points.



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