10 November 2020

"Baffling and reckless" speeding offences in 2020 already eclipse 2019 total

| Michael Weaver
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Police continue to target speeding offences in the ACT. Photo: Supplied.

With two months still to go in 2020, ACT Policing has reported that they have already issued 4093 traffic infringement notices for speeding in the year to 31 October, eclipsing the 4056 traffic infringement notices issued in all of 2019.

“The jump we’ve seen in speeding offences this year is extremely concerning for police and we will continue to actively target speeding, particularly high range speeding in the community, and we will hold these idiotic drivers to account,” said the officer in charge of road policing, Detective Inspector Marcus Boorman, adding that police continue to be baffled by the reckless and dangerous behaviour by some Canberra drivers.

“This is why we’re asking drivers to have a good look at themselves, and consider who are you rushing to meet, because as these drivers learned when you speed, you increase your chances of a meeting with police, or worse, a serious collision.”

This spike in speeding behaviour was the catalyst for ACT Policing’s Who are you rushing to meet? road safety campaign, which was highlighted by another concerning high-range speeding incident last week.

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On Friday, 6 November, police were conducting traffic duties on Aikman Drive, Belconnen when they detected a silver Holden sedan and a black Holden sedan travelling at 135 km/h in a signposted 60km/h zone.

At the time, both vehicles were travelling side-by-side and appeared to be racing one another.

The drivers were both 17-year-old provisional license holders.

Both drivers were issued with infringement notices for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45 km/h ($1,841 and six demerit points) and taking part in a race with another vehicle ($474 and three demerit points).

Then at about 3:00 pm the same day, police were conducting traffic duties within the school zone on College Street, Bruce, when they identified the same driver of the black Holden sedan travelling at 58 km/h within the 40km/h school zone area. The driver was again apprehended by police.

Det Insp Boorman said stamping out this kind of inexcusable behaviour was at the heart of ACT Policing’s campaign.

“I’m baffled that these young drivers thought this kind of reckless behaviour was acceptable in our community,” he said.

“Street racing is beyond irresponsible and could have had tragic consequences for these drivers, or even worse, an innocent driver who may have just been in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

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I would also like to see if there has been a corresponding increase in the number/severity of accidents.

It should not really be a surprise. No patrols on the road, speed trucks that can be seen from 2-3 km before they can catch you has taught drivers that you can do what ever speed you like and disregard the road rules with almost no chance of getting caught. As a result we are seeing an ever accident rate, well beyond population increases, and the corresponding rate of serious injury. The only reason that deaths are not going up is the massive increase in car saftey standards.

I’d like to see the breakdown of what range all of the speeding offences were in.

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