HEFTY FINES: Nanango MP Deb Frecklington said the government were using Queenslanders as 'cash cows' after the figures were released about the amount of speeding fines handed down in 2018/2019 financial year. (Picture: Jessica McGrath)
HEFTY FINES: Nanango MP Deb Frecklington said the government were using Queenslanders as 'cash cows' after the figures were released about the amount of speeding fines handed down in 2018/2019 financial year. (Picture: Jessica McGrath)

MP slams Government for using public as ‘cash cows’

EARLIER this week member for Nanango Deb Frecklington hit out against the Government after figures were released regarding the number of drivers being given speeding fines.

Queensland motorists were slapped with a speeding fine every 30 seconds last financial year with an extraordinary 1.08 million infringements logged across the state.

The Courier-Mail revealed the speeding fine frenzy meant at least $230.44 million worth of fines were dished out on Queensland roads in 2018-2019, or a staggering $26,303 every hour of every day.

Ms Frecklington seized on the figures to accuse the Government of using Queenslanders as cash cows.

“If elected next year, the LNP will make sure the focus is on road safety, not leeching off motorists’ wallets,” she said.

Across the South Burnett this year, 15 people have lost their lives on the region’s roads.

After a horrific crash in May that killed a mother and her four children, Ms Frecklington told the South Burnett Times: “If you are driving on country roads drive to the conditions, every road is dangerous so we need to make sure that we’re driving safely.”

The South Burnett Times reached out to Ms Frecklington after she said the Government had used speeding fines as a tool to generate revenue.

“It’s clear more needs to be done to reduce the number of senseless and avoidable fatalities on our roads,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Sadly, Labor’s decision to remove ‘camera in use’ signs to alert motorists to speed cameras is just a cash grab that doesn’t make our roads any safer.

“The LNP will ensure drivers slow down with more high-visibility policing on our roads and more on-the-spot enforcement.

“Bringing back ‘camera in use’ signs will encourage drivers to change their behaviour immediately.

“It’s much better to deter speeding before it happens than to issue offenders with fines three weeks later,” she said.

Ms Frecklington said drivers who ignore warnings are putting the community at risk and therefore should be fined and lose points.

“Road safety is a priority for the LNP and our approach is backed by the RACQ and Queensland Police Union.

“As well as more high-visibility policing on our roads, a future LNP Government will also introduce new laws to crack down on hit-and-run drivers and road rage offenders.

“I want to make sure every Queenslander on the roads gets home safely,” she said.