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.
Acting Officer-in-Charge of Traffic Operations Sergeant Allison Williams 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 Williams said.
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“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.”
Last month (Friday, September 21), a 28-year-old NSW man was caught speeding on Gungahlin Drive in his Ford Falcon sedan. Police detected the driver travelling at 142km/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 facing a heavy fine, loss of your license or even imprisonment,” Sergeant Williams said.