THE number of drivers caught speeding in the ACT is 30 per cent higher than the month-by-month average over the past three years, according to police.
ACT police say it’s a “dramatic increase” and the officer-in-charge of road policing, detective inspector Marcus Boorman, is asking Canberra’s motorists to slow down.
Usually, Mr Boorman says, road police issue about 340 speeding infringements a month, however, this year, up until the end of May, it’s been about 500 notices per month.
“I’ve spoken a lot this year about how Canberra’s roads are not a race track,” he says.
“We are still detecting high-range speeding drivers at speeds that go beyond stupidity. I’m talking about 140, 170, even 200 kilometres an hour. It’s dangerous for everybody, it’s a threat to the community’s safety, and we’re about to go on the front foot after drivers who use too much of their right foot.”
Because of this rise in speeding, Mr Boorman says police will have a greater focus on speeding over the next month.
”Nobody can say they weren’t warned. The speed limits are clear and we’re telling you we’re taking a zero-tolerance approach,” he says.