There’s another million-dollar speed camera in the Illawarra

The speed camera on the M1 Princes Motorway is once again the biggest moneyspinner in the Illawarra. Picture: Robert Peet
The speed camera on the M1 Princes Motorway is once again the biggest moneyspinner in the Illawarra. Picture: Robert Peet

The Illawarra now has a pair of million-dollar speed cameras – and one of them is in a 60km/h zone.

Over the last financial year, the northbound camera on the M1 Princes Motorway at Gwynneville was again the biggest money-spinner in the Illawarra.

Year after year it passes the million-dollar mark – in the last financial year it gave out almost 8000 fines and raised $1.79 million, according to figures from the Office of State Revenue.

The January holiday period was the best month for that camera, where it issued $202,305 in fines.

In a very surprising second spot was the red-light and speed camera at Windang – at the intersection of Windang Road and Boronia Avenue.

That camera finished in sixth spot in the 2016-17 financial year.

In 2017-18 it saw an almost tenfold increase in revenue – from $125,079 in 2016-17 to a massive $1.13 million.

It went from picking up just 540 speeders to 6634.

The majority of those fines were for travelling less than 10km/h over the speed limit.

A change in the speed limit in May last year is the reason for the massive upswing in fines.

In third place on the money list was last year’s second-placegetter – the red-light speed camera at the Gladstone Avenue-Crown Street intersection.

That camera picked up $598,937 in fines, down from $628,654 the year before.

Across the Illawarra the 17 speed cameras brought in $6.2 million.

Across the Illawarra the 17 cameras brought in $6.2 million, which is up on the 2016-17 figure of $5.4 million.

The top three cameras combined made up 59 per cent of that total.

The always-controversial camera on the Princes Highway at West Wollongong outside the Illawarra Grammar School had a combined total of $753,591 in fines.

The camera on the northern – or uphill side – continued its trend of catching more motorists.

Northbound drivers passing the camera outside TIGS forked out $489,559 in fines – placing it fourth overall in the Illawarra.

Rounding out the top five was the southbound camera at Spring Hill Road, which caught 690 speeders for a total of $273,610 in fines.

In last place on the list – just as it was in the 2016-17 financial year – was the northbound camera along the Princes Highway at Bulli, which caught 233 speeding drivers for  $41,147 in fines.

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