Police are considering a zero tolerance approach to holiday speeds.
In case that isn’t clear, it means you’ll get a speeding ticket at 51 km/h and 101 km/h (or whatever is over the local limit)
Anyone exceeding the speed limit this summer can expect to be pulled over as police move towards zero tolerance of speeding.
It comes after police ran a successful campaign last summer where fatalities over the summer period, from December 1 to January 31, dropped 22 per cent while police operated in a 4kmh speeding tolerance.
However, police also issued more than 200,000 tickets for people speeding between 1kmh and 10kmh over the limit – more than five times the same period the previous year when the reduced tolerance was not in force, a police report into the Safer Summer campaign showed.
The tickets totalled more than $6 million in fines, an increase of about $5m from the previous years.
Total speeding ticket numbers were also up from 134,813 to 308,580.
But the reduced tolerance also helped prevent crashes, with 201 less minor injury¬†crashes, 21 less serious injury crashes, and 11 less fatal crashes.
Police assistant commissioner, road policing, Dave Cliff said it was time the focus shifted away from thinking about a speed tolerance and towards driving to the conditions and the speed limit.
This is absolutely silly. ¬†Why don’t the Police make us all walk instead? ¬† That way there will be no crashes. ¬†It is all very well to say that 100 km’h saves lives and crashes, but so will 90. ¬†And 80. ¬† And 70. ¬†Why stop there? ¬† Read more »