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  • Writer's pictureHannah Phillips

Operation Safe Speeds Hits Our Roads

Victorian and South Australian Police are helping to run a 24-hour nationwide speed blitz today, encouraging road users to travel at a safe speed at all times.

The campaign, 'Operation Safe Speeds', aims to highlight the impact of speed, which has been identified as a critical element when trying to reduce road trauma.

Acting Assistant Commissioner for SA Police, Dean Miller, said they are "both frustrated and saddened by this year’s road toll."

“While not each one of these is linked with excessive speed, we know that each of those deaths has had a terrible impact for a family and a wider community – these are not just numbers.

“Police can only do so much to stop the senseless deaths on our roads, we need the motoring public to play their part in road safety.

“Obviously road safety cameras – both fixed and mobile – play a part in our targeting of speeding drivers, but changing community attitudes is also vital in this process.

“To those people who talk about ‘revenue raising’ I simply say, do the right thing and you will not only avoid an expiation notice but you will play your part in keeping the community safe.

“Today’s campaign will be a highly visible, focused enforcement operation – so if you don’t want a ticket, then don’t speed.

Operation Safe Speeds will take place today from 12.01am to 11.59pm.

Tips to avoid speeding

  • Always stay within the posted speed limit.

  • Watch out for changes in the speed limit.

  • If you are slowing down from a high speed, check your speedometer - especially in the country - it can be hard to judge after travelling at a high speed for a long period of time.

  • In poor road and weather conditions, you may need to travel at a speed lower than the posted speed limit. Use the vehicle over-speed warning device if fitted.

  • An over-speed warning device is useful in both urban and rural areas.

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