IT probably comes as cold comfort for speeding drivers to know that they are helping to fund the state's schools and hospitals.
But the steady stream of money flowing into internal revenue shows no signs of slowing.
In the 2018-19 financial year, Chifley District Police highway patrol officers issued 5470 fines to speeding drivers, totalling $1,654,737. And that was just our region.
Across the state there were a staggering 223,067 fines written in the 12-month period, contributing more than $75 million to the state's coffers.
And if you thought that much pain in drivers' hip pockets might be enough for them to learn their lesson, then you would be sadly mistaken.
The start of the 2019-2020 financial year has actually seen an increase in the number of speeding fines issued each month in the Chifley area.
In the four months to the end of October (the latest figures available), Chifley highway patrol officers issued 2249 speeding fines worth $717,320.
These are all extraordinary figures that both highlight the vigilance of police officers on our roads as well as the difficulty they still face in getting through the message that "speed kills".
And as we draw to the end of another year with the long summer break ahead of us, police must be getting nervous about the prospect of what is coming on the state's roads.
So what will it take for people to realise that police are not simply making it up when they say there is no safe level of speeding and that the figures don't lie when they reveal that speeding is one of the big four killers on our roads?
Every holiday, NSW Police dedicate countless hours of their resources into patrolling the state's highways and local roads in the hope that simply the sight of a police car will be enough to slow a speeding driver. But police cannot be everywhere.
In the end, however, this is beyond a police problem. It is a society problem and only society can fix it.
And society can only fix it one driver and one vehicle at a time.
Most of us behaving ourselves on the roads is not enough.
It takes just one speeding driver to put everyone else at risk as well.
Until we all accept that responsibility, we all have cause for concern.