ACT Policing caught more than 901 drivers speeding on Canberra roads during the month of October as part of its multi-agency road safety strategy.
Police issued a total of 589 Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) for speeding and 312 cautions.
Nine drivers were caught travelling more than 45km/h over the speed limit incurring fines of $1,811 plus the loss of six demerit points.
A 26-year-old Holt man was caught travelling at 150km/h in an 80km/h speed zone on Ginninderra Drive. His excuse for speeding was that ‘he was late to pick up a battery before work’.
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Some 454 drivers were caught travelling more than 15km/h but less than 30km/h over the speed limit.
Officer-in-Charge of Traffic Operations Station Sergeant Rod Anderson said the speeding figures for October were extremely disappointing.
“People who believe that it’s okay to travel at excessive speeds on our roads need to realise the danger that they are putting themselves and other road-users in by their behavior,” Station Sergeant Anderson said.
“This type of irresponsible act will not be tolerated by the community or ACT Policing. Drivers need to remember speed affects their ability to stop their car to prevent collisions.”
“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.”
Station Sergeant Anderson said he was also concerned by the 73 motorists caught speeding in school zones during the month of October.
“Speeding in school zones exposes some of the most vulnerable people in our community to the greatest risk; there is no excuse,” Sergeant Anderson said.
“During the first three weeks of term three, police conducted speed testing at 107 schools (76 per cent) throughout the ACT as part of our goal to visit every school this term.”
A 66-year-old Red Hill woman was caught travelling at 77km/h in a 40km/h school speed zone outside Canberra Grammar in Red Hill. She received a TIN of $664 plus the loss of four demerit points.
Fines for speeding range from a minimum of $203 and the loss of one demerit point to over $1,800 and the loss of six demerit points for each offence. The courts may also disqualify a driver from holding or obtaining a drivers licence in serious cases.