Speed camera ‘cash grab’ in school zones

Bill McPharlin says speed cameras on Gordon Street are revenue raisers. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d405293
Bill McPharlin says speed cameras on Gordon Street are revenue raisers. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d405293

‘It is a blatant money grabbing exercise,’ Peel Courier Service owner Bill McPharlin said.

Mr McPharlin said an industrial area was opposite the schools and few students crossed the road.

He said if police were serious about safety, they should target Seminole and Oakmont avenues, where most children crossed to get to and from the schools.

Mr McPharlin said he was on the road a lot and rarely saw police targeting other school zones.

But he said police targeted Gordon Road almost every day.

Lakelands resident Murray Hanigan said traffic around the schools was a ‘debacle’. He said he was fined $150 for doing almost 60km/h in the school zone.

‘Most people would have been like me and thought they were out of the 40km/h zone,’ he said.

Meadow Springs had 1337 school zone speeding offences recorded in the first six months of this year, according to police.

‘If they were all fined like me, that’s about $200,000 in revenue,’ Mr Hanigan said.

Mr Hanigan waited on Gordon Road on two afternoons and only saw four or five senior students crossing the road.

Police declined to comment.