NSW’s most lucrative speed and red light cameras, mapped

A speed camera on the Eastern Distributor at Darlinghurst is making a motza. Photo: Brendan EspositoSpeeding drivers, meet your enemy.

The speed camera on the Eastern Distributor in Darlinghurst madenearly $4 million last financial year andcaught an average of50 drivers per day, making it the most lucrative camera in NSW.

That’s more than$10,700 a dayor nearly $450 per hour.

The state’s most lucrative red light camera is on George Street in Haymarket. It nabbed an average of 15 drivers per day last financial year and issued penalties worth nearly $2.6 million.

Money raised from speeding and red light penalties has surged more than 2.3-fold over the past five years,according to Office of State Revenue figures. NSW drivers were hit with more than $178 million dollars worth of fines in 2014-15, compared to $78 million in 2010-11.

Nearly 435,000 drivers were fined for speeding last financial year – about 1300 a day.

You’rethree times more likely to be caught for speeding than running a red light. However, you’renow also three times more likely to get caught for running a red light than you werefive years ago.

As the connected scatterplot below shows, the Eastern Distributor speed camera (shown in red) has significantly lifted the bar when it comes to revenueraising. It has been the state’s top earner every year since beginning operation in early 2012; its annual earnings consistently eclipse those of every other camera in the state.

It’s raked in$14.5 million over four years of operation— nearly 1.5 times more than the camera at Cleveland Street in Moore Park (shown in grey). The Cleveland Street camera isthe state’s second most lucrative, as ranked by total earningsin the five years to July 2015, and has been in operation for the full five years.

Revenue-raising for speed cameras is a combination of volume(catching the most drivers) andspeed (the more the driver exceeds the limit, the heavier the penalty).

Two in three drivers (64 per cent) caught speeding are exceeding the limit by 10km/h or under.Less than one per centare caught exceeding the limit by more than 30km/h.

As the scatterplotabove shows, the Eastern Distributor camera excels at both. The camera at Botany Road in Rosebery (shown in yellow, ranked 3rd in 2014-15) catches more drivers than the Cross City Tunnel camera (in blue, ranked 2nd in 2014-15), but the latter makes more money per driver, so we can assume they’re caught at higher speeds.

With red light cameras, the penalty is always the same, so the biggest earners catch the most drivers.

Theheat map below shows the monthly earnings of the state’s top 40 red light cameras over the five years to December 2015. The darker the red, the higher itsearnings.

The most lucrativered light cameras,ranked by total earnings over the five-year period,are on Woodville Road, at Granville and Villawood.

The heat map alsoshows (via the isolated patches of dark red towards the right of the map) the most effective cameras – those thathit drivers hard from the start.

The cameras at Stacey Street Bankstown, George Street Haymarket, Falcon Street Neutral Bay andEpping Road Lane Cove haven’t been in operation over the full five years, but still managed to jump to the top of the list of high-earning cameras.

So watch out for that camera at Falcon Street, Neutral Bay. It’s been the state’s most effective over the past five years, nabbing an average of 19 drivers a day to the tune of $8320 a day or $347 an hour.