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Nearly 2000 Canberrans booked for speeding in 2018, as Police ask locals to slow down

By Lachlan Roberts 4 July 2018 19
Police have caught 34 motorists exceeding the speed limit by over 45 kilometres per hour in the past six months. File Photo.

Police have caught 34 motorists exceeding the speed limit by over 45 kilometres per hour in the past six months. File Photo.

ACT Policing has launched a road safety campaign this month to crack down on speeding, after nearly 2,000 Canberra motorists have been booked for driving over the speed limit in 2018.

ACT Policing and the Justice and Community Safety Directorate have launched the joint road safety campaign to remind Canberrans there is no excuse for speeding.

Police have caught 34 locals exceeding the speed limit by over 45 kilometres per hour in the past six months. The officer in charge of Traffic Operations, Station Sergeant David Wills, urges ACT drivers to be mindful of speed limits on the roads.

“There is simply no excuse for speeding,” Station Sergeant Wills said.

“When you are behind the wheel of a vehicle, you are responsible for your own safety and the safety of others, including vulnerable road users.”

Station Sergeant Wills reminded Canberrans to be conscious of the dangers of violating those speed limits and the potentially life-changing consequences.

“The faster you go the harder you hit, and the more likely a collision resulting in serious injury or death will occur. Don’t let one action have life-altering consequences for yourself or others,” he said.

“With nearly 2,000 motorists booked for speeding so far in 2018, there are still far too many people out on Canberra’s roads ignoring the speed limits.

“Our message is quite simple – don’t speed.”

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Peter Major 12:05 pm 05 Jul 18

The tram needs more cash. Ha ha

Peter Gamble 11:16 am 05 Jul 18

It would be interesting to know how many of the 2000 were actually nabbed by a human police-person and how many by fixed or static camera.

David Brown 1:23 am 05 Jul 18

The government must be in need of money. Hey boys and girls, go out there and beef up the Going Fast Tax.

house_husband 6:07 pm 04 Jul 18

So is is too much to ask for a full breakdown of all crashes in the ACT for last year with their primary and contributing factors? Then can we find out how each of those is being addresses in a proportional manner through enforcement, education, policy, etc?

    Garfield 8:35 am 05 Jul 18

    I made a similar request but for some reason it hasn’t appeared. To me it appears the police disproportionally target speeding because its easy and ignore other serious aspects of dangerous driving. For example I’d question the comparative likelihood of an accident with someone driving 90 in one of our 80 zones in dry conditions outside of peak times vs someone doing 70 in that same 80 zone in peak times but only maintaining a half second gap behind the car in front.

    ricketyclik 12:18 am 06 Jul 18

    Previous analysis of such breakdowns has revealed that police are likely to tick the speed box regardless of circumstances, while many independent analyses have shown that driving too slowly is a far greater contributor.

Tony Kuzmanovski 11:54 am 04 Jul 18

Whaaat !?!? Driving 65 in 80 zone and strictly in the right lane !?!?!? Trying to ram you of the road if god forbid you overtake them on the runabouts !?!?!? Noooooo ?!?!!?

bj_ACT 11:23 am 04 Jul 18

I personally think drivers pulling out in front of people at suburban intersections, dangerous roundabout driving and rat running through the streets is a bigger cause of accidents than general speeding through major canberra roads.

Police never target those driving issues I mentioned because it’s much easier and cheaper to apply a radar gun and/or Camera to catch drivers.

    Grimm 1:50 pm 04 Jul 18

    Usually a camera at the bottom of a hill where they can catch anybody a few over because they haven’t ridden their brakes all the way down, or on dead straight stretches of road directly after a speed transition.

    Wellington Sludge 9:27 pm 04 Jul 18

    You can personally think whatever you want, but you can’t really argue against statistics, and statistics say that speeding causes more accidents.

    bigred 9:15 am 05 Jul 18

    My reading of the statistics and explanations is that excessive speed is a contributory factor in crashes. The cause is often something different. They target speed both to mitigate consequences and because it is easy to establish with available technology which is fair enough.

    My problem with the road safety enforcement arrangements is there is almost a negative result from a failed strategy and they appear clueless to devise alternative approaches.

    bj_ACT 11:25 am 05 Jul 18

    Wellington Sludge can you provide your Stats for Canberra crashes and speed at collision time, to match your claim that it’s a bigger Cause than poor driving at Canberra roundabouts and intersections.

    A quick Google search suggests that the majority of ‘crashes in Canberra’ are at Intersections and Roundabouts and at peak times and places where traveling above the posted speed limit is not physically possible.

    I believe speeding is a problem and the largest proportional cause of accidents Australia wide, but Canberra may have different stats than the over crash represented regional areas.

    house_husband 5:38 pm 05 Jul 18

    And what statistics are these? There have never been any released for the ACT showing the true causal factors for each type of crash. A quick look at the stats for 2016 shows 307 of the 611 casualty crashes were right turn/right angle or nose to tail collisions. Now while some of these would have involved exceeding the speed limit, the vast majority would be driving without due care and attention. When you add in others like sideswipes and animal strikes the argument that speeding causes more crashes is just factually incorrect.

    ricketyclik 12:24 am 06 Jul 18

    Many independent analyses in many nations have shown that the police tick the speeding box regardless of the circumstances.

Dave Ferymtok Ward 10:35 am 04 Jul 18

So they're really not catching a very high percentage of speeders then. Only 2k in 6 months? They should be nabbing that many a week!

    David Murn 3:09 pm 04 Jul 18

    To be fair, speeding has been a fairly low priority for police since speed cameras came into play.

    Rob Gill 3:22 pm 04 Jul 18

    I'd be more concerned about the tailgaters. Not a day goes by on the dreaded Tuggers Parkway without several vehicles getting the short wheelbase treatment.

    Peter Major 12:03 pm 05 Jul 18

    Rob Gill never had a problem. Keep left unless overtaking. When overtaking get out, get past quickly and get back in the left lane.

    Most vehicles being tailgated are obstructing the flow of traffic in the right lane.

g210 9:47 am 04 Jul 18

Police could have booked this many after a week on the GDE if they were out and about. And I’m not talking 5-10km over the limit.

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