So half of Australian motorists believe our governments' motives to be "less than pure" when it comes to speed camera revenue ("Speed turn- off accelerates", The Age, 14/01/03). They think that camera placement has more to do with revenue-raising than safety. Putting aside arguments about the true costs of speeding in this state, let's allay their concerns by ensuring that speeding fines aren't squandered on hospitals, road safety, trauma counselling and the like.
This could be achieved by using existing "profitable" speed cameras to subsidise the operation of new otherwise "uneconomic" ones. However, I doubt that these motorists will welcome the prospect of a revenue- neutral speed camera program, as it will increase the number of fines they pay. It is where the revenue comes from that causes their distress, not where it is spent.