It would appear that a large number of Aussie motorists are happy to ‘try their luck’ when it comes to speeding on our roads, with new figures just released showing that hundreds of thousands of us were caught last year low-range speeding.
Mobile and fixed-camera data in Victoria alone show a staggering 867,685 infringements were issued to motorists who exceeded the limit by less than 10kmh.
Another 188,907 drivers were also caught 10-15kmh over.
Supt John Fitzpatrick said while infringements were actually down on previous years, too many drivers are endangering lives.
“If, as a community, we agree that we lose too many lives on our roads, then we need to make tough decisions around exceeding the speed limit,” he said.
“People make conscious decisions around driving a motor vehicle on a highway and they need to be held accountable.”
Director of road safety, Samantha Cockfield, said surveys show many motorists think that low-level speeding is acceptable.
“Speed remains one of the biggest factors causing death and serious injuries on Victorian roads, and the risk increases even with small increases in travel speed,” she said.
“While speed is not always the cause of a crash, the speed of a vehicle at impact will always determine how badly people are hurt”
“The evidence is clear that enforcement, combined with public education, is highly effective in reducing risky driving behaviour.”