West­ern Aus­tralia hikes truck speed­ing fine lim­its

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PO­LICE IN West­ern Aus­tralia can fine driv­ers at a higher cash limit af­ter Road Traf­fic Code amend­ments come into force in Septem­ber.

Driv­ers of light ve­hi­cles caught trav­el­ling more than 40km/h 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 29km/h but not more than 40km/h, and $1500 for speeds of more than 40kmh over the speed limit.

Au­thor­i­ties be­lieve 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,” Road Safety Com­mis­sioner Iain Cameron says.

“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.”

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