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RAA And SAPOL Release New Figures On Regional Roads Just Ahead Of School Holidays

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New SAPOL figures have shown the number of motorists caught speeding on regional roads has soared by 37 per cent in the past three financial years.

The total cost to speeding motorists caught on regional roads has also risen from $7.9 million in 2018/19, to $12.6 million for the last financial year.

One of the biggest increases occurred in the Mid-North and Yorke Peninsula which was up by 45 percent.

Other dangerous driver behaviour on the rise was overtaking when it was unsafe to do so; the number of drivers pulled over for this offence increased from 230 in 2018/19, to 243 in 2019/20 and 277 last financial year.

RAA Senior Manager Safety and Infrastructure Charles Mountain says motorists run a greater risk than a fine for exceeding the speed limit, with police figures also revealing that more than 70 percent of the state’s total road fatalities in 2021 had occurred in regional SA.

The revelation comes in time for the school holidays and the looming October long weekend, when motorists hit the road on vacation.

Mr Mountain is urging drivers to be patient and concentrate on arriving safely at their destination.

“Drivers should make use of overtaking lanes, and RAA is calling for more of these lanes to be built to in an effort to reduce road trauma,’’ he said. 

“Motorists must remember roads in regional SA – especially those areas popular with holidaymakers – will be busier than normal during the school break and long weekend, so we urge them to exercise caution and remain vigilant.’’

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