Win for fined motorists
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.