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ACT's top earning speed cameras

It's home to Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin's planned city and 36 road safety cameras that'll snap you if you're speeding. Here are the five that raked in the most revenue last year.

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William Stopford
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There’s no escaping speed cameras in Australia, and that also applies to Australia’s second smallest and third-least populous state or internal territory.

Larger than only the oft-forgotten Jervis Bay Territory, the Australian Capital Territory is home to 13 fixed speed cameras at nine locations.

It also has 13 combination red light/speed cameras and eight mobile camera vans.

A single pair of point-to-point cameras exists on Hindmarsh Drive, with another pair having been decommissioned in 2016.

A mobile camera location must be at least 200m from a change of speed limit unless it’s in a school zone or roadworks zone and, unlike a fixed speed or red light camera, it doesn’t need to have an advance warning sign.

Fixed cameras are installed to address ‘black spots’, with locations determined from survey data on traffic volumes and speeding if not crash data. They all have three advance warning signs before you reach them.

The ACT government says it’ll determine future speed and red light camera locations based on a weighted crashes per kilometre approach.

Specifically, it will look at 10 years of crash data, with crashes resulting in a fatality or injury being multiplied by five. Then, for speed camera locations, the total count is divided by the length of the road.

These were the top five speed camera locations in the ACT in 2020:

LocationNumber of infringementsTotal revenue
Monaro Highway between Lanyon Drive and Sheppard Street3433$1,260,529
Barton Highway between Gungahlin Drive and Ellenborough Street3294$1,150,165
Barton Highway between Curran Drive and Gold Creek Road3047$1,162,131
Drakeford Drive/Boddington Crescent/Bardoni Crescent2719$996,184
Monaro Highway between Mugga Lane and Isabella Drive2665$989,474

If you go over the speed limit or run a red light in the ACT, here’s what you’re looking at paying.

ViolationFineDemerit points
Exceeding speed limit by up to 15km/h$2971
Exceeding speed limit by up to 15km/h in a school zone$3211
Exceeding speed limit by over 15km/h but under 30km/h$4383
Exceeding speed limit by over 15km/h but under 30km/h in a school zone$4773
Exceeding speed limit by over 30km/h but under 45km/h$7004
Exceeding speed limit by over 30km/h but under 45km/h in a school zone$7994
Exceeding speed limit by over 45km/h$18416
Exceeding school zone speed limit by over 45km/h$21366
Running a red light$4843
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William Stopford
William Stopford

William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel (remember that?), briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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