Us Kiwis are all too familiar with speed cameras. We live in a country where owning a car is almost a necessity, and thus we often see police cars patroling our roads and speed cameras dotted around the place. But while you may hate the sight of them, speed cameras are raking in millions of dollars for the Government.
A South Island speed camera has snapped over 10,000 vehicles speeding this year, generating almost $1 million for the Government - but the North Island still takes the crown, new road policing driver offence data shows.
The lucrative South Island speed camera, situated in Oamaru on Wansbeck St between Awamoa Rd and Solway St, brought in $916,510 this year - a hefty amount for an Otago town with a population of about 14,000 people.
But that hardly compares to Northland, where a speed camera in Whangarei has already raked in over $2 million in speeding fines this year. The camera - located on Whangarei's Great North Road - recorded over 24,000 incidents of speeding.
In notoriously grid-locked Auckland, a speed camera fixed on Hillsborough Rd between Olsen Ave and Goodall St has captured over 16,000 vehicles speeding since January, bringing in $1,569,600 of Government revenue.
Another speed camera that spawned a hefty number of fines is situated on SH20 in Auckland. Over $1.7 million was generated from the speed camera this year, where over 19,000 speeding incidents have been recorded.
The most profitable of Wellington's speed cameras is located between Glover St and Newlands Rd overbridge. The speed camera has recorded almost 14,000 speeding vehicles this year, generating up to $1.3 million in Government revenue.
Speed cameras are placed in "high-risk locations" where officer enforcement "may not be possible for a variety reasons" such as road layout and the safety of drivers and officers, the New Zealand Police website says.
Police revealed that speeding tickets issued last year hit a three-year high.
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