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And in October we’re back to speeding!

By johnboy - 4 October 2013 9

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.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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9 Responses to
And in October we’re back to speeding!
bigred 8:27 pm 05 Oct 13

Here we go again. A quick media release at the start of each month and back to the donut shop they go. AbsolUte waste of my taxpayer contribution they are.

JC 8:14 am 05 Oct 13

shirty_bear said :

Bearcub #1 currently has L-plates, and I’ve actually been telling him not to move off straight away when the light goes green, but to wait for the red-light-runners :-[

That is good to hear, as green means go if safe to do so.

Aeek 11:00 pm 04 Oct 13

Tooks said :

BTW, no one with half a brain rushes off at a green light without first looking.

You can do both. No reason to wait for the green to look.

house_husband 7:33 pm 04 Oct 13

I’ll be the first to bag the local rozzers for over emphasising speeding in their enforcement approach. But to be fair they did focus on give way/stop sign infringements during September. Just a pity they don’t do it more often.

The old bloke in a Volvo I nearly collected turning into Southern Cross Dve at Higgins this morning was very lucky I could brake in time and avoid t-boning him. But I bet he doesn’t have a single speeding infringement notice so thinks he’s a good driver.

Richard Bender 6:43 pm 04 Oct 13

As Lionel Hutz would say, there’s the truth and then there’s the truth.

The statement, “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,” is meaningless. Ignoring the vagueness of ‘many’, surely the relevant statistic is fatal and serious crashes attributable to motorists driving at an inappropriate speed for the road and weather conditions, vehicle condition and driver capability, including where that speed is below the posted speed limit.

Tooks 6:21 pm 04 Oct 13

shirty_bear said :

Phew … we can go back to running red lights willy-nilly. Oh, hang on … we never stopped. Bearcub #1 currently has L-plates, and I’ve actually been telling him not to move off straight away when the light goes green, but to wait for the red-light-runners :-[

Pretty sure the sum total of effort behind these road strategy safety blah blah things is putting out a press release sometime in the first week of the month. There’s certainly no rozzers out on the roads doing any deterring and/or enforcing. Well done, local law-enforcement-types. Tools.

Would you like a tissue for that foam around your mouth? I hope you’re not passing on your rage to your kid. Don’t need any more angry little men on our roads.

BTW, no one with half a brain rushes off at a green light without first looking. The fact you think that’s worthy of a mention indicates to me you probably shouldn’t be teaching anyone how to drive.

switch 5:19 pm 04 Oct 13

goggles13 said :

surely the most recent fatal accident in Weston wasn’t caused by speed or was it?

Doesn’t look like it. But won’t be surprised if the speed along that section is dropped as a result.

goggles13 4:05 pm 04 Oct 13

“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.

seen the same crap in previous press releases.

surely the most recent fatal accident in Weston wasn’t caused by speed or was it?

shirty_bear 3:24 pm 04 Oct 13

Phew … we can go back to running red lights willy-nilly. Oh, hang on … we never stopped. Bearcub #1 currently has L-plates, and I’ve actually been telling him not to move off straight away when the light goes green, but to wait for the red-light-runners :-[

Pretty sure the sum total of effort behind these road strategy safety blah blah things is putting out a press release sometime in the first week of the month. There’s certainly no rozzers out on the roads doing any deterring and/or enforcing. Well done, local law-enforcement-types. Tools.

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