Fine slow drivers too
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.