ACT Policing issued a total of 136 Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) and 101 cautions for Traffic Control offences during the month of May 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 Traffic Controls among those concerns.
Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations Sergeant Rod Anderson said ACT Policing’s focus on Traffic Controls during the month of May was aimed at keeping our roads safer.
“We know from the statistics provided by Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) that a large number of vehicle collisions in the ACT occur at intersections including traffic lights and turn arrows, roundabouts and at intersections controlled by signs (i.e. give way and stop),” Sergeant Anderson said.
“As a result ACT Policing paid particular attention during the month of May on drivers disobeying red and amber lights/arrows, not stopping or giving way at intersections whether controlled by signs or not and drivers not using a roundabout correctly including indicating off roundabouts.”
“It’s important that motorists heed and obey traffic rules to ensure the safety of all those traveling on our roads.”
Territory and Municipal Senior Manager Rifaat Shoukrallah said statistics showed that about 55 per cent of collisions on ACT Roads occurred at intersections in 2012.
“8312 collisions were recorded on ACT roads last year. Of these, 4593 occurred at intersections,” Mr Shoukrallah said.
“We’re asking all road users to take extra care at intersections. This includes giving way to oncoming traffic, leaving a decent gap between your car and the car in front of you and indicating when leaving a roundabout.”
Fines for different Traffic Control offences range from a minimum of $167 and the loss of two demerit points to $291 and the loss of three demerit points for each offence.