Police focussing on speeding drivers

Traffic Focus Speeding

The number of drivers speeding in the ACT has risen dramatically in 2020, so in July, ACT Policing is picking up the pace to catch more people speeding.

The average number of Traffic Infringement Notices issued for speeding per month so far in 2020 is more than 30 per cent higher than the monthly average for each of the past three years.  

While police have conducted several speeding enforcement operations in the first half of the year, July is traditionally a month-long focus on speeding as part of the ACT Policing and Justice and Community Safety Directorate Road Safety calendar.

ACT Policing will issue regular updates on the number of motorists caught speeding during the month of July, and will run several dedicated operational days where speeding motorists are specifically targeted.

Officer-in-Charge of Road Policing, Detective Inspector Marcus Boorman is telling Canberra’s motorists to slow down.

“I’ve spoken a lot this year about how Canberra’s roads are not a race track,” Detective Inspector Boorman said.

“Road Policing officers issued nearly 500 Infringement Notices a month for speeding, until the end of May this year. We usually issue about 340 speeding infringements a month.

“We are still detecting high-range speeding drivers at speeds that go beyond stupidity. I’m talking about 140, 170, even 200 kilometres an hour. It’s dangerous for everybody, it’s a threat to the community’s safety, and we’re about to go on the front foot after drivers who use too much of their right foot.

”Nobody can say they weren’t warned. The speed limits are clear and we’re telling you we’re taking a zero-tolerance approach.”

The Road Safety Calendar is a key part of the ACT Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020 which prioritises a Vision Zero approach to road safety. 

Statistical note:

Traffic Infringement Notices issued for speeding in the ACT, average monthly figures:

 

2017 – 337

2018 – 339

2019 – 334

January to May 2020 - 490

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