Speeding drivers top fines list

16/09/2019

Speeding fines were the most common type handed out by police in the Murraylands, Mallee and Riverland last financial year.Drivers in the Murray and Mallee evidently feel the need for speed.
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Speeding fines were the most common type handed out by police in the Murraylands, Mallee and Riverland last financial year.

A total of 690 were issued, most for speeding by up to 20 kilometres per hour over the limit, though four drivers were clocked at more than 160kph in a 100kph zone.

Murraylands operations manager Senior Sergeant Peter Sims said police would go on issuing fines until drivers stopped choosing to break speed limits.

“The speed limits are put there for a reason,” he said.

“Police will continue to detect speeding motorists – be it by camera, radar or hand-held laser – in an effort to reduce (speeding) and make our roads safer for all motorists to use.

“The message has been around for a long time … only those who speed and are detected end up with a substantial expiation notice and loss of demerit points.”

Next most common were fines for absent-mindedness: driving with an expired license (206) or while unregistered (205) or uninsured (85).

More fines were issued for drug driving (78) than drink driving (26).

Senior Sergeant Sims attributed the high drug driving numbers to improved detection methods.

“There is an element of concern in the amount of drivers being detected with them,” he said.

“Drug driving is certainly on a par with drink driving.

“Emphasis is placed on the detection of both.”

A handful of fines were also given out for plain bad driving: going the wrong way on a one-way road, failing to give way or stop at a stop sign, tailgating, turning right from a left-hand lane and overtaking on the left.

SA Police published the statistics on fines for the first time last month and will update them quarterly.

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