Lead feet prominent in school zones

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ACT Policing’s traffic targeting during February saw more than 504 drivers caught speeding across Canberra, with four drivers caught travelling more than 45km/h over the speed limit.

“Alarmingly, just over half of those drivers were caught speeding in a school zone, showing blatant disregard for the safety of children; our most vulnerable road users,” Traffic Operations A/Superintendent Susan Ball said.

Of the 504 drivers caught speeding during February, 261 were caught speeding in a school zone, 301 were issued with a Traffic Infringement Notice and 203 were issued with an official Caution.

“The 40km/h school zones are important because it gives motorists more time to stop around children. Speeding reduces your ability to control the vehicle, shortens your reaction time and lengthens the stopping distances.”

“When you put your hands on the wheel and your foot on the accelerator, you make the decision to speed or not. Last month, 500 drivers made the wrong choice and they were caught,” Susan said.

We’ll continue to target speeding in school zones throughout the term. Drivers caught speeding will face harsh penalties.

Road Safety Operations Team Sergeant Stephen Booth announced that ACT Policing will now focus on targeting seatbelt offences motorists during March.

“Seatbelts are a proven safety feature; there is no excuse for not wearing one. During March, police will target drivers without seatbelts or with passengers and children not wearing their seatbelt.”

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