505 drivers caught speeding in February

ACT Policing caught 505 drivers speeding on Canberra roads during February as part of its multi-agency road safety strategy, issuing 343 Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) for speeding and 162 cautions.

The penalties for speeding TINs range from a minimum of $203 and the loss of one demerit point to over $1,811 and the loss of six demerit points. Six drivers were caught travelling more than 45km/h over the speed limit incurring the maximum fine of $1,811 plus the loss of six demerit points.

Traffic Operations Station Sergeant Rod Anderson was concerned that over 30 per cent of those motorists caught speeding during February were in school zones with a 40km/h limit.

“Drivers who willfully speed are gambling with their own lives, the lives of other drivers and passengers, and the lives of pedestrians and cyclists. Those drivers who speed in school zones are risking the lives of our most vulnerable road users – our children,” Station Sergeant Anderson said.

“Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to control the vehicle and lengthens stopping distances, increasing both the likelihood of crashing and the severity of the crash outcome.

“We all need to take a stand, as any death or injury on our roads is unacceptable. We’re urging everyone to take personal responsibility every day, to reduce our road toll.”

ACT Policing is also reminding the community to enjoy the Canberra Day long weekend (Saturday 8 to Monday 10 March) safely by driving to the conditions, staying within the speed limits and not drinking and driving at all times.

“Police will continue to enforce the speed limit; you can do your part and show your loved ones you care, by sticking to the speed limit and arriving home safely.”