Roads Minister hits back at Member for Nanango
MEMBER for Nanango Deb Frecklington hit out against the Government after figures were released regarding the number of drivers being given speeding fines.
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
However, Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said he continued to be disappointed by the LNP’s deliberate attempts to obscure road safety facts and play politics with the lives of Queenslanders.
“The laws of this state require every dollar from camera fines to be reinvested into road safety initiatives, that’s a fact,” Mr Bailey said.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government spends every dollar from every camera fine on road safety because we want to see the road toll reach zero.
“How could we justify any other target?
“Random speed cameras save lives because people can be caught speeding anywhere, anytime.
“Independent research has proven random speed cameras prevent serious crashes and save lives,” he said.
Monash University Accident Research Centre published results in 2018 where it estimated that the Camera Detected Offence Program was associated with an overall reduction of 2,500 casualty crashes during 2016.
Mr Bailey said the LNP would roll back road safety by getting rid of covert speed cameras.
“Deb Frecklington is the only political leader in this country who wants to go backwards on road safety.
“It’s a reckless policy that will cost people their lives.
“It is a low point in her leadership,” he said.