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SPEEDING motorists beware - WA police plan to increase the number of speed and traffic-light cameras by a massive 350 per cent.

    Currently, there are 25 Multanovas and 30 red-light cameras in the state. The proposal, contained in a police-commissioned consultants’ report, says: “… additional cameras are planned (an increase of 350 per cent) to achieve targeted reduction in speed and red-light violations, and hence road-related deaths.”

    Police would not reveal whether the plans involved increasing each type of camera by this amount, or both combined.

    “(It) currently takes nearly six months to process an infringement, a delay that erodes the effect of cameras on driver behaviour.

    Opposition Leader Paul Omodei said the report showed the Government was on the wrong track because increasing the number of speed cameras had failed to curb road deaths.

    Since 2006, Multanova numbers have nearly doubled, from 14 to 25, yet the death toll shot to an 11-year-high of 235 last year, he said.

    “If the State Government is planning to go ahead with this, when speed cameras have proven ineffective in reducing the number of people dying on our roads, then the question must be asked, is it more about revenue-raising than road safety?” Mr Omodei said.

    A spokesman for acting Police Minister Eric Ripper said the plan was “among all the things continuously being considered”.

    He denied it was about revenue, saying speed was a direct contributor to the deaths of about 60 people on WA roads every year.

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