New penalties for high level speeding in WA

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04 Sep 2017

Amendments to the Road Traffic Code 2000 will give WA Police the power to issue higher infringements to drivers caught travelling at excessive speeds on WA roads from tomorrow.
 
Drivers of light vehicles caught travelling more than 40kmh over the posted speed limit will be subject to a $1200 fine, while drivers of heavy vehicles will receive an increased penalty of $1200 if detected speeding more than 29kmh but not more than 40kmh and $1500 for speeds of more than 40kmh over the speed limit.
 
Road Safety Commissioner Iain Cameron said the new penalties will act as a deterrent against high level speeding.
 
“We’ve seen the evidence recently that drivers continue to put the lives of other at risk on WA roads, by travelling at highly excessive speeds,” said Mr Cameron.
 
Statistics show that one third of all fatalities in Western Australia last year occurred in crashes where speed was found to be a factor, so we want these new penalties to slow down drivers and save lives.
 
The Road Traffic Code 2000 amendments also increases the maximum fine imposeds by a court in relation to failing to use seatbelts or appropriate restraints, and failing to wear a motorcycle helmet where required.
 
The new penalties from 5 September 2017 are as follows:
 
  • A light vehicle travelling more than 40km/h above the speed limit will be liable to an infringement penalty of $1200 instead of $1000;
  • A heavy vehicle travelling more than 29km/h but not more than 40km/h above the speed limit will be liable to an infringement penalty of 24 penalty units $1200 instead of $850;
  • A heavy vehicle travelling more than 40km/h above the speed limit will be liable to an infringement penalty of $1500 instead of $1000;
  • The maximum fine which may be imposed by a court in relation to failing to use seatbelts or appropriate restraints, and failing to wear a motorcycle helmet where required under the Road Traffic Code 2000, will increase from $1200 to $2800 for a first offence, and from $2400 to $4200 for a subsequent offence.

NEWS & MEDIA LIAISON:

Claire Thomas

claire.thomas@rsc.wa.gov.au

0467 802 855

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