More than two thirds of the Sunshine State’s population lives in the South-East, so naturally the state’s highest-earning speed cameras are located here.
There are two cameras that picked up a disproportionate number of speeders, one of which is in the bustling heart of the Gold Coast.
The other is on an extension of Brisbane’s Inner City Bypass (ICB) where a downhill slope and a lower speed limit than the rest of the ICB conspire with drivers’ inattentiveness to rack up more than twice as many fines as the next highest-earning mobile camera.
The history of crashes in a location is a major determining factor in where speed cameras are deployed.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads look at the number and severity of crashes within a five-year period and conduct a risk analysis, providing the data to the Queensland Police Service.
Other factors that influence where a speed camera is placed include areas where motorists commonly exceed the speed limit or run red lights, and where road workers, pedestrians and other road users are vulnerable.
The Queensland Government says at least two speed-related crashes need to have occurred in an area in the past five years for the location to be chosen for mobile speed camera enforcement.
Queensland’s camera network includes the following:
- 15 fixed speed cameras
- 38 fixed speed and red light camera locations
- 117 fixed red light cameras
- 2813 active mobile camera sites
- 718 parked mobile camera sites
There are also two point-to-point locations, though the Queensland Government is rolling out more over the next few years.
The top five fixed locations in 2020 were:
|Location||Type||Number of notices issued|
|Intersection of Bermuda Street and Rudd Street, Broadbeach Waters||Red light and speed||28,522, including 129 red light notices|
|Intersection of Mount Gravatt-Capalaba Road and Gateway Motorway, MacKenzie||Red light and speed||19,363, including 370 red light notices|
|Pacific Motorway, Loganholme||Speed||16,006|
|Main Street, Kangaroo Point||Speed||15,236|
|Intersection of Lutwyche Road and Kedron Park Road, Kedron||Red light and speed||14,347, including 927 red light notices|
You can view a full list of Queensland’s fixed camera locations here.
The top five mobile locations were:
|Location||Operational hours||Number of notices issued|
|Hale Street, Petrie Terrace/Paddington||223||10,612|
|Southern Cross Way, Eagle Farm||277||3561|
|Mount Gravatt-Capalaba Road, Upper Mount Gravatt||183||3449|
|Kessels Road, Macgregor||152||3061|
|Bli Bli Road, Bli Bli||96||3032|
A full list of mobile locations can be found here.
Should you exceed the speed limit in Queensland, you’ll be penalised as follows:
|Less than 13km/h over the speed limit||$177 and one demerit point|
|Between 13 and 20km/h over the speed limit||$266 and three demerit points|
|Between 21 and 30km/h over the speed limit||$444 and four demerit points|
|Between 31 and 40km/h over the speed limit||$622 and six demerit points|
|More than 40km/h over the speed limit||$1245, eight demerit points, and a six-month licence suspension|
If you commit another speeding offence within a 12-month period where you exceed the speed limit by over 21km/h, double demerit points apply.