Fine slow driv­ers too

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - CRUISE CONTROL -

TRAF­FIC po­lice of­fi­cers in the Far North are quick to is­sue speed­ing tick­ets but they are tardy when it comes to fin­ing slow driv­ers.

Not in West Aus­tralia, though, where the cops are crack­ing down on slow driv­ers.

A Perth driver has been hit with a $50 fine for driv­ing too slow in the right-hand lane while trav­el­ling on the Tonkin High­way this week.

Po­lice of­fi­cers, who were trav­el­ling be­hind the driver, pulled the car over af­ter re­al­is­ing they were do­ing 90km/h in a 100km/h zone.

“In the right-hand lane, do­ing 90, with one of th­ese be­hind you (a po­lice car), not over­tak­ing ... you’ll be get­ting a ticket,” WA Po­lice Traf­fic tweeted.

The fine comes two months af­ter an­other Perth driver copped a sim­i­lar fine for driv­ing in the right hand lane on the same high­way in Cham­pion Lakes, east of Perth.

“I’m tak­ing the kids to Nan­dos” was the lat­est ex­cuse from a WA driver.

The other ex­cuse? “I was driv­ing in the lane I al­ways do.”

Ac­cord­ing to Queens­land law on sin­gle-lane roads you must stay as close as prac­ti­cal to the left side of the road.

On multi-lane roads, if the speed limit is more than 80km/ h, or if the road has a ‘keep left un­less over­tak­ing’ sign, you must not drive in the right-hand lane un­less you are: over­tak­ing turn­ing right mak­ing a U-turn avoid­ing an ob­struc­tion driv­ing in con­gested traf­fic us­ing a spe­cial pur­pose lane that you are al­lowed to be in.

Driv­ers are al­lowed to over­take on the left on all mul­ti­lane roads.

Un­for­tu­nately, the mul­ti­lanes north and south of the city, apart from a short stretch be­tween Hol­loways Beach and Yorkeys Knob, the speed limit is 80km/h, so nump­ties can sit in the right lane and drive at what­ever speed they like, much to the ir­ri­ta­tion of other driv­ers.

But a big­ger frus­tra­tion is on our range roads, par­tic­u­larly the Ku­randa and Gil­lies ranges, where the slow turnout lanes are largely ig­nored by ig­no­rant slow driv­ers.

At times they drive as low as 25km/h in the 60km/h zones caus­ing rage to those who wish to travel at the speed limit.

It would be ap­pre­ci­ated if the traf­fic branch started tar­get­ing slow driv­ers as well.

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