- Speed detection on Canberra’s arterial roads by ACT Policing early today (Monday, January 19) resulted in 46 people receiving Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) in a 75-minute period.
Three of Canberra’s arterial roads (Parkes Way, Barry Drive and Monaro Highway) were targeted as part of an ongoing strategy by Traffic Operations to address the four key factors contributing to road trauma: excessive speed, drink-driving, use of mobile phones while driving, and failing to wear seatbelts.
This morning on Parkes Way (eastbound and westbound), motorists were found to have exceeded the posted 80km/h limit by as much as 42km/h, and 23 TINs were issued. Enforcement was also in place within the 60km/h zone on Barry Drive, near Boldrewood Street in Turner, where a further 12 TINs were issued to motorists for speeds up to 24km/h over the posted limit.
One of the motorists – a 25-year-old man from Queanbeyan – found exceeding the speed limit on the Monaro Highway this morning (clocked at 105km/h in an 80 km/h zone) was the same one who was recorded at 158km/h in a 100km/h zone on the Monaro Highway on Saturday morning (January 17).
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Traffic Operations’ Superintendent Mark Colbran said that police operating the speed detection equipment were surprised at how many motorists were speeding to work so early in the morning.
“Drivers on the road at this hour seem to think that because there’s less traffic, that permits them to drive faster and cut down on their travel time to work,” Supt Colbran.
“But our response is: don’t do it. Speeding is an issue at any time. While recently we have been conducting a high profile campaign against drink-drivers, police are just as concerned about speeding, the use of mobile phones and failing to wear seatbelts.
“The public needs to be aware that police will be strongly enforcing these four road safety elements at all hours of the night and day.”