ACT Policing will be targeting speeding motorists during the month of October as part of its multi-agency road safety strategy.
At different periods during the year, the strategy targets specific issues and behaviours which contribute to death and serious injuries on Canberra’s roads, with speeding among those concerns.
Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations Mark Steel said drivers who willfully speed were gambling with their own lives, the lives of other drivers and passengers, and the lives of children, pedestrians and cyclists.
“The fact is many fatal and serious traffic crashes that occur on Canberra roads each year are directly attributable to motorists who exceed the posted speed limit,” Sergeant Steel said.
“Speeding reduces the time drivers have to react and avoid crashes, their ability to control the vehicle, and lengthens stopping distances, increasing both the likelihood of crashing and the severity of the crash outcome.
“Speeding is a choice people make and they can just as easily make the choice to slow down and save lives.”
July’s targeted speeding campaign resulted in 502 TINs and 169 cautions being issued to drivers caught speeding.
Last month (Thursday, September 5), a 26-year-old Rivett man was caught speeding on Isabella Drive, Gilmore. Police detected the driver travelling at 130km/h in an 80km/h zone. He was issued with a Traffic Infringement Notice (TIN) for $1811 and the loss of six demerit points.
“The message is simple, don’t speed. Otherwise you may find yourself with heavy fines, loss of your driver’s license or even imprisoned. More importantly help us make our roads safer,” Sergeant Steel said.
ACT Policing is also reminding drivers that double demerits will apply for speeding and seatbelt offences, with an extra point for all other traffic offences over the Labour Day long weekend beginning today (Friday, October 4) through to midnight (Monday, October 7) inclusive.