Police target speeding this February

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This month, ACT Policing will target speeding motorists.

Speeding is one of the five main contributors to fatal accidents (in addition to alcohol or drug-impaired driving, not wearing a seatbelt, intersections and driver distraction) and it contributes to a large portion of all collisions on ACT roads.

With students returning to school this week, drivers are reminded 40km/h speed limits are once again in effect in school zones between 8am and 4pm.

Detective Station Sergeant Marcus Boorman urged all drivers to stay alert, slow down and obey the sign-posted school zone speed limits put in place to protect some of the territory’s most vulnerable road users.

“Exceeding the speed limit in school zones puts young people at risk. It’s simple, slow down and stick to the speed limit to ensure their safety,” said Detective Station Sergeant Boorman.

“Choosing to speed in school zones could have life-altering consequences.”

In 2019, police issued 534 Traffic Infringement Notices for people speeding in school zones, 241 were issued for speeding between 15-29kms over.

Police patrols, mobile speed camera vans and fixed speed detection systems all contribute to enforcing speed limits across the ACT.

This campaign forms part of the joint ACT Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020 which prioritises a Vision Zero approach to road safety.

Throughout the year, the multi-agency road safety strategy targets specific issues and behaviours which contribute to death and serious injuries on Canberra’s roads, with speeding among those concerns.

Media enquiries

Police Media — (02) 5126 9070, act-police-media@afp.gov.au