The number of road safety cameras continues to increase in Queensland, and they’ve been busy in the last 12 months.
Based on the number of infringement notices issued, the top five fixed and mobile speed camera locations are all located in the most populous part of the state, the south-east, and all but one is located in Brisbane.
As of March 2022, Queensland’s camera network includes the following:
- 21 fixed speed cameras
- 48 fixed speed and red light camera locations
- 113 fixed red light cameras
- 9 point-to-point cameras
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 looks at the number and severity of crashes within a five-year period and conducts 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.
The Queensland Government also advises there are 3038 active mobile camera sites and 485 parked mobile camera sites.
A full list of camera locations can be found here.
We contacted the Department of Transport and Main Roads to find out which locations racked up the most offences.
Below is a list of the top five fixed locations in 2021 by the number of infringement notices issued:
|Location||Type||Number of notices issued|
|Pacific Motorway, Loganholme||Speed||16,295|
|Intersection of Mt Gravatt-Capalaba Road and Gateway Motorway, MacKenzie||Red light and speed||14,440, including 396 red light notices|
|Intersection of Smith Street and Kumbari Avenue, Southport||Red light and speed||13,881, including 151 red light notices|
|Main Street, Kangaroo Point||Speed||13,694|
|Intersection of Lutwyche Road and Kedron Park Road, Kedron||Red light and speed||12,824, including 578 red light notices|
Many of these locations also appeared in our 2020 round-up, and most had a fairly similar number of notices issued.
The first place finisher for 2021, however, was off by 12,227 notices issued compared to the location with the most issued in 2020.
The top five mobile locations were:
|Location||Number of notices issued|
|Hale Street, Petrie Terrace/Paddington||11,213|
|Ipswich Road, Annerley||8432|
|Southern Cross Way, Eagle Farm||4967|
|Mt Gravatt-Capalaba Road, Upper Mount Gravatt||4139|
|Herston Road, Kelvin Grove||4078|
For another year, Hale Street was the number one mobile location, though by not quite as large a margin as in 2020.
Located on an extension of Brisbane’s Inner City Bypass (ICB), the combination of a downhill slope and a lower speed limit than the rest of the ICB manages to catch out thousands of inattentive drivers.
From July 1, 2022, the Queensland Government is increasing speeding fines.
It’s also changing some of the thresholds, with the first bracket changing to 1-10km/h instead of 1-12km/h over the speed limit, and the second bracket changing to 11-20km/h from 13-20km/h.
The penalties are as follows:
|1-10km/h over the speed limit||$287 and one demerit point|
|11-20km/h over the speed limit||$431 and three demerit points|
|21-30km/h over the speed limit||$646 and four demerit points|
|31-40km/h over the speed limit||$1078 and six demerit points|
|Over 40km/h above the speed limit||$1653, eight demerit points, and a six-month licence suspension|
|Running a red light||$575 and three demerit points|
Double demerit points apply if you are caught exceeding the speed limit by more than 21km/h more than twice during a 12-month period.