As the winter school holidays begin, we’re warning drivers to be wary of speeding on regional roads.
The warning comes as 64 per cent of the state’s 213,304 speeding offences in the past five years were in regional areas, according to SAPOL figures.
Of the offences identified, 46,226 resulted in a caution and 90,651 in fines.
RAA Senior Manager Safety and Infrastructure Charles Mountain said despite the recent easing of COVID-19 travel restrictions, many South Australians were still holidaying in their home state during the school holidays.
“Roads in regional SA – especially those areas popular with holidaymakers – will be busier than normal from this weekend so we urge drivers to remain vigilant and exercise caution,’’ he said.
“If you’re planning on getting away, make sure you drive to the conditions, plan regular rest breaks and put your safety and that of other road users at the top of your driving agenda.’’
Alarmingly, 1357 offences in the past five years were for vehicles caught travelling 45km/h or more above the speed limit.
“Speeding – especially on roads with limits of 90km/h to 110km/h – can put not only you and your loved ones, but also other roads users at increased risk of death or serious injury,’’ he said.
“Motorists must also be aware of speed limit changes as they near towns or approach road works and adjust their speed accordingly.’’
SAPOL Local Service Area Offences $
Murray Mallee 30,439 9,708,494
Yorke Mid North 25,119 7,827,241
Hills Fleurieu 19,676 4,925,865
Far North 18,675 6,667,718
Barossa 16,853 6,686,043
Eyre Western 13,900 3,211,855
Limestone Coast 12,822 3,196,591