Win for fined mo­torists

Comment News (Gosnells) - - State Election '17 -

A GROUP of South­ern River and south­east­ern sub­urbs res­i­dents have had a small win, with their speed­ing fines put on hold pend­ing can­cel­la­tion.

Res­i­dents who reg­u­larly drive through Bar­rett Street in South­ern River raised con­cerns after they were fined along the road that has a sign that says “Re­mem­ber to go 50km/h in a built-up zone”.

How­ever, the stretch of road be­tween Lakey and Bal­four streets has no de­vel­op­ment on ei­ther side, with res­i­dents be­liev­ing it is a high­way.

South­ern River MLA Peter Abetz said more than 10 res­i­dents con­tacted him in dis­gust. He said he raised the is­sue with Trans­port Min­is­ter Bill Marmion and Po­lice MIn­is­ter Liza Har­vey and 35 peo­ple had been iden­ti­fied as wrongly fined.

A WA Po­lice spokes­woman said traffic of­fi­cers be­lieved the sec­tion of Bar­rett Road was 50km/h and in good faith held speed de­tec­tion (laser) ac­tions.

“As a re­sult of con­cerns raised, it was iden­ti­fied it was ac­tu­ally a 110km/h zone,” she said.

“All in­fringe­ments is­sued have been iden­ti­fied and have been placed on hold pend­ing can­cel­la­tion.

“Any in­fringe­ments paid will be re­funded and de­merit points ad­justed ac­cord­ingly.

“All per­sons who re­ceived in­fringe­ments will be re­ceiv­ing a let­ter from WA Po­lice in the near fu­ture re­gard­ing the is­sue and the can­cel­la­tion of their in­fringe­ment.”

The City of Gos­nells said it would a traffic vol­ume and speed count test over the com­ing months.

South­ern River La­bor can­di­date Terry Healy said some res­i­dents had also raised it with him.

“I raised it with the City of Gos­nells and they are do­ing the speed count now school is back,” he said.

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