A crime we’re ALL guilty of

I HOPE you don’t think I’m being too forward, but how much do you earn per hour in your line of work?

Or to put it a different way: How much do you reckon you could bank for one full day’s work?

I’m going to throw caution to the wind and assume that it’s a little bit less than $150k?


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That’s precisely how much a single speed camera in Ashmore has raked in during one eight-hour stretch.

The new speed camera, which is now permanently parked in Heeb Street, reportedly caught more than 1,000 speeding motorists at an average fine of $150 per driver.

Not a bad effort for eight hours work.

Local residents are said to be pretty wrapped that the new camera was installed, after many years of complaining about hoons in the area. One Ashmore local was thrilled to report that it “lit up like a Christmas tree” on its first night of operation.

Now, I know people have mixed views on speed cameras. Bring them up at a BBQ and it’s a sure-fire way to get a robust discussion going.

I have a friend who gets his knickers in a knot over them, describing speed cameras as “revenue raisers”… despite the fact that his own best man was killed years ago in a car accident where speeding was a factor.

The thing is, we all speed every now and then. I don’t think there’s a single driver on the Gold Coast who isn’t guilty of speeding at least once.

And yet, because it’s so common, we tend to forget it’s the wrong thing to do.

But the truth is, it’s illegal. Every time we speed even 5km or 10km over the limit, we’re committing a crime.

In Heeb Street, some motorists have been clocked doing 110km, even 120km in a 50km/hour zone – it’s just lunacy.

It’s plain to see why residents have welcomed the new speed camera with open arms.

And as GC road’s policing boss Senior Sergeant Bradyn Murphy told the Bully, speed cameras are all essentially “a self-contributing fund”.

“If you don’t want to contribute,” he says, “save lives and slow down.”

At least you can’t say you haven’t been warned. If you’re travelling along Heeb Street, pay attention to your speed – or be prepared to pay the price.

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