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Statistics frequently asked questions

What are the statistics and what do they show?

Every three months the Department of Justice & Regulation publishes the number and dollar value of road safety camera infringements.  For fixed intersection and highway cameras, this information is published on a camera by camera basis.  For mobile cameras, a total is published for all mobile camera locations used throughout the quarter.

As there are approximately 2,000 mobile camera locations, the Department does not publish individual site results.  However, where a mobile location has recorded a high number of infringements (i.e. within the top 50 for all cameras across the state, or top 20 for speeding infringements) the statistics provide information about these infringements.

Why do we need enforcement of 40 km/h speed zones?

These road safety camera sites are located in places with high pedestrian concentrations, namely strip shopping zones and school zones.  There are clear road safety benefits to using road safety cameras to enforce 40 km/h speed limits.  While there are benefits to driver and passengers, the primary road safety benefit is to pedestrians.  Research shows that a pedestrian struck by a vehicle travelling at 60 km/h is unlikely to survive, whereas a pedestrian struck at 40 km/h has a much greater chance of survival.

Automated speed enforcement in 40 km/h zones provides significant deterrence against speeding in those zones and contributes to a reduction in pedestrian road trauma.  There were 44 pedestrian fatalities in the 2014 Victorian road toll. 

Do these statistics show that people aren't getting the message about speeding?

The overall number of infringements issued annually is increasing as Victoria's population grows and there are more cars on the road.  Broadly speaking, the rate of people being fined is not changing, but as the population grows, so too does the number of fines issued.

Compliance rates for fixed cameras show that well over 99 per cent of people who pass a fixed camera do the right thing and stay below the speed limit.  This is consistent with results for mobile cameras, which show that 98 per cent of vehicles that pass a mobile camera site are driving below the speed limit.

While the majority of people do the right thing, unfortunately there will always be those who choose to flout the law and drive dangerously.   Speeding and inappropriate travel speeds directly contribute to at least 30 per cent of deaths on Victoria's roads each year and, for these reasons, maximum speed limits exist and are enforced throughout Victoria.

How is the revenue from camera fines used?
All of the money from camera fines goes into the Better Roads Victoria Trust Account.  The funds from this account are used to improve road safety for all road users and the efficiency of Victoria's roads, but also to reduce transport costs for business and improve access for local communities.
Why are road safety cameras used in Victoria?

Speeding and inappropriate travel speeds directly contribute to at least 30 per cent of deaths on Victoria's roads each year and, for these reasons, maximum speed limits exist and are enforced throughout Victoria.

On average, intersections with speed cameras have seen a 47 per cent decrease in crashes on the road where the camera is placed and a 26 per cent decrease on all roads going into the intersection.  

Fixed and mobile speed cameras reduce speeds and cut trauma because they are placed in high-risk or high-speed areas, areas with history of road trauma, or areas that will provide a road safety benefit.

Why is there a time lag before the stats for a given quarter are published?

To ensure that the data reported is accurate and has captured all the relevant infringements issued for the period, it is up to five weeks after the end of the quarter before the reporting process can begin.

As with any process, creating the reports to such a high standard takes time.  After completion, the reports go through a number of quality checks and levels of approval to ensure 100 per cent accuracy.  It is therefore usually between two and three months after the end of the quarter before the new data is available to publish online.

Why is there variation between quarters in infringement volumes?

A number of factors can influence infringement volumes including the number of operational days in a quarter, seasonal traffic volumes, road works, camera maintenance and driver behaviour.

How is infringement data reported?
  • Infringements are recorded at the offence date
  • The data is based on alleged speed, that is the speed for which is a motorist is fined
  • The number of infringements issued may be subject to variation over time as infringements may be withdrawn or reissued

 

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