Aussie Traffic Cam Scores Big

The ticketing rate was twice the level of the second-busiest camera.
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Police in Australia have found a potential source of serious cash—a ticket-issuing traffic camera that tagged scofflaws every 40 seconds on average, netting the government some AUS$12,000 (about US$8,000) an hour during a recent deployment.

According to The Courier-Mail, the camera on the Gold Coast town of Southport in the Australian state of Queensland issued AUS$506,000 (about US$329,000) in just 43 hours of operation.

The state police minister told the newspaper the site selection was based on factors including crash data, complaints about speeding and police intelligence—not on the revenue potential.

The ticketing rate was twice the level of the second-busiest camera, the newspaper reported.

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