Police respond to community speeding concerns


From ACT Police Media:

ACT Policing commenced a road safety campaign this month asking ‘Who are you rushing to meet?’ and many speeding Canberra motorists have met police officers as a result of their driving.

An ACT Policing Facebook post earlier this month explained that speeding offences for 2020 had already surpassed the full 2019 calendar year, and that generated feedback from community members who expressed their concerns about speeding, especially early in the mornings.

In response to this feedback, ACT Policing Road Policing conducted a targeted speeding operation, and across two early-morning starts, detected a dozen motorists exceeding the speed limits on major roads.

The locations targeted included the 80km/h zone on Horse Park Drive, Throsby, where the following offences were detected:

  • A 33-year-old Kaleen man in a Toyota Corolla at 110km/h.
  • A 25-year-old Bonython man in a Toyota Hiace at 98km/h.
  • A 34-year-old Bonner man in a Honda Civic at 101km/h.
  • A 22-year-old Taylor man in a Honda Accord at 113km/h.

Additionally, a 29-year-old Moncrieff woman in a Toyota Seca was detected at 81km/h in a 60km/h zone on Horse Park Drive in Bonner.

In the 100km/h zone on Majura parkway, Majura, police detected:

  • A 43-year-old Franklin man in a Mazda BT-50 at 127km/h.
  • A 30-year-old Forde man in a Mitsubishi Pajero at 122km/h.
  • A 47-year-old Calwell man in a Mitsubishi Mirage at 122km/h.
  • A 32-year-old Crace woman in a Mercedes at 144km/h.

Other motorists detected speeding in the operation were:

  • A 24-year-old Kambah woman in a Ford Ranger at 113km/h in a 90km/h zone on Tuggeranong Parkway, Molonglo.
  • A 47-year-old Franklin woman in a Mazda 3 at 110km/h in a 90km/h zone on Gungahlin Drive, Bruce.
  • A 28-year-old Sutton, NSW man in a Toyota Hilux at 123km/h in a 90km/h zone on Majura Road, Majura.

The combined total of the fines issued was $5428, and a total of 34 demerit points were issued.

ACT Policing Superintendent, Road Policing and Planning, Corey Heldon said these infringements showed speeding motorists could be detected at any time, on any street.

“While some people might think it’s OK to exceed the speed limit early in the morning, when there’s less traffic on the road, and that they’ll get away with it, they’re wrong,” Superintendent Heldon said.

“The time of day makes no difference, if police see you speeding then you can expect to be stopped by them.

“Speed limits are there for a reason. They are the maximum speed you’re allowed to drive at. The faster you drive, the more likely something is to go wrong, and the worse the outcome will be when that happens.

Anyone who wishes to report areas where they believe speeding drivers are a regular problem is urged to do so by contacting Crime Stoppers ACT via the website.

Information can be provided anonymously.