Police targeting speeding in July

Barcham 3 July 2013

From ACT Policing:

ACT Policing will be targeting speeding motorists during the month of July 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.

On Monday (July 1) a 23-year-old Canberra P-plate driver was caught driving at 180km/h in a 110km/h speed zone on the Federal Highway. The driver’s license has been suspended for six months and his car seized for a three months.

Officer-in-Charge of Traffic Operations Sergeant 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.

“If you’re speeding you dramatically increase the risk of serious injury or death should you be involved in a collision. Drivers need to remember speed affects their ability to stop their car to prevent collisions.” Sergeant Steel said.

“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.”

“What does it take for people to understand that speeding is extremely dangerous? The chances of surviving a collision when travelling at such speed are marginal at best.”

Police issued a total of 521 Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) for speeding and 198 cautions during the month of April.

Between 2008 and 2012 there have been 56 deaths on ACT Roads. Of these, speed was a contributing factor in 15 collisions (resulting in 19 deaths).

Fines for speeding range from a minimum of $167 and the loss of one demerit point to over $1,800 and the loss of six demerit points for each offence.

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