Speeding drivers have been put on notice by ACT Policing after consistent reports of Canberrans driving well over the speed limit on emptier roads.
Examples include a 33-year-old woman driving more than 70 km/h over the speed limit along Horse Park Drive, and a 25-year-old man caught travelling at 200 km/h – 110 km/h over the speed limit – without ever having held a licence.
Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations Detective Station Sergeant Marcus Boorman called the high-range speeding incidents “disgusting”.
“It is idiotic, it is irresponsible and, worst of all, it is dangerous,” Detective Station Sergeant Boorman said.
“This month alone, we have seen an increase of three to 11 drivers caught travelling more than 45 km/h over the posted speed limit compared with the same period last year.
“When you are behind the wheel of a vehicle, you are not just responsible for your own safety and those in the vehicle with you, but the safety of other road users. It is that blatant disregard for the safety of others that make these incidents so infuriating.”
The number of drivers caught speeding between 30 and 45 km/h over the limit has almost quadrupled from seven to 26 when compared with the same period last year.
“This is unbelievable. There is simply no excuse for speeding,” Detective Station Sergeant Boorman said.
From Thursday, 16 April to Sunday, 19 April, a single police traffic team issued 43 infringements for speeding by 30 km/h or less and another nine to people exceeding the speed limit by more than 45 km/h.
“Some of the speeds are just staggering, as is the stupidity of the drivers involved in these incidents,” Detective Station Sergeant Boorman said.
Although double demerit points will not be in force over the Anzac Day long weekend, ACT Policing has ramped up their operations and will target speeding motorists.
There will be zero tolerance for drivers found doing the wrong thing, Detective Station Sergeant Boorman said.
Did you know that speed limit signs aren’t actually there for decoration? Crazy, right? Two P-plater motorcyclists caught 49km/h over the speed limit on the Barton Highway know this now, after they were each fined $1,841 and 6 demerit points. #toofastnowfurious #stopspeeding pic.twitter.com/yv3POix47k
— ACT Policing (@ACTPolicing) April 22, 2020
“I know there are fewer cars on the road at the moment, but that does not give a driver or rider the right to turn a public road into their own personal race track,” he said.
“The faster you go, the harder you hit, and at high speed, a collision is more likely to have tragic consequences.
“Our message is clear – slow down, do not speed, drive to the conditions, and help us save lives.”