'Don't be a creeper'

police urge ahead of three-day blitz

 'Don't be a creeper'

‘Don’t be a creeper’ is the message from the South Australia Police, working in partnership with the Motor Accident Commission, this week.

Recent statistics show that almost one in every five drivers exceeds the speed limit on 60km/h metropolitan roads, and more than one in five drivers exceed the speed limit on rural roads with a limit of 110km/h.

Operation Safe Speed kicked off at midnight (1 June) and will run until midnight on Saturday, with a strong education message to tell drivers about the hazards of ‘creeping’ over the speed limit.

“Speed is a contributing factor in far too many collisions,” Superintendent Anthony Fioravanti, the officer in charge of the SA Police Traffic Support Branch said.

“Many could be prevented if only the drivers made the right choices – to obey the posted speed limits and drive to the road conditions.”

This will be the third time a three-day speed blitz has been conducted this year – in February 1577 drivers were detected for exceeding the posted speed limit; while in April 905 drivers were identified.

Drivers spoken to by police during Operation Safe Speed will receive a specially-designed postcard (pictured below), produced by the Motor Accident Commission that outlines the facts about speeding.

Recent statistics show that almost one in every five drivers exceeds the speed limit on 60km/h metropolitan roads, and more than one in five drivers exceed the speed limit on rural roads with a limit of 110km/h.

“Research indicates that travelling just 5km/h over the posted limit can double the risk of a serious injury crash and alarmingly, is equivalent to driving with a Blood Alcohol Concentration of 0.05,” Superintendent Fioravanti said.

“Even a slight increase in speed can impact on a driver’s reaction time and braking distance, meaning you’ll have less time to react in the event of a crash.

“If every driver plays their part by slowing down, we can make the roads safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike.”

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