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Speed survey prompts RAA warning for motorists to slow down

Tuesday, 30th Jul 2019

RAA is urging drivers to slow down after almost half admitted to breaking speed limits by more than 10km/h, a new survey shows.

RAA’s survey also revealed 73 per cent of motorists were most likely to speed when overtaking, and 32 per cent when they were unsure of the speed limit. A further 32 per cent admitted to speeding when passing roadworks where no workers were present.

RAA Senior Manager Road Safety Charles Mountain said motorists were not only risking a fine but also their lives and those of other road users when breaking speed limits, especially by more than 10km/h.

“Research shows speed is a major contributing factor to serious and fatal crashes because you travel a longer distance before you react and it takes longer to stop,’’ Mr Mountain said.

“This is especially crucial in metropolitan areas where there are pedestrians and many other vehicles sharing the road, such as at shopping strips and schools.’’

Mr Mountain said creeping over the speed limit by even 5-10km/h was also potentially dangerous, and urged motorists to observe speed limits and drive to weather and road conditions.

He said the survey results showing the extent of speeding when overtaking highlighted why RAA calls for overtaking lanes at regular intervals on regional roads, so people could pass other vehicles safely.

“The survey also shows the need for consistent signage of road speed limits and at road work sites to help motorists drive at the correct speed,’’ he said.

The survey of almost 1400 motorists showed:

  • 48 per cent exceed the speed limit by more than 10km/h on occasion
  • 84 per cent admitted to sometimes driving 5-10km/h above the limit
  • 54 per cent supported lowering speed limits from 60km/h to 50km/h in built up areas with a crash history
  • 58 per cent supported 50km/h speed limits on local residential roads
  • 64 per cent supported 60km/h limits on suburban arterial streets.

Mr Mountain said the survey also revealed respondents believed a visible police presence was the most effective way of discouraging motorists from speeding.

“However, people also indicated that speed cameras, fines and demerit points also played a part in deterring speeding, highlighting that a range of measures is required to reduce the risks associated with breaking speed limits,’’ he said.

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