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WA introduces tougher speeding fines

SLOW DOWN: WA drivers will be up against tougher penalties if they are caught speeding.
SLOW DOWN: WA drivers will be up against tougher penalties if they are caught speeding. Gerard Walsh

LEAD-FOOTED drivers in WA beware - the State Government has introduced a range of new penalties for speedsters.

Amendments to the Road Traffic Code 2000 will give WA Police the power to issue higher infringements to drivers caught travelling at excessive speeds on WA roads.

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

Road Safety Commissioner Iain Cameron said the new penalties would act as a deterrent against high level speeding.

"We've seen the evidence recently that drivers continue to put the lives of others at risk on WA roads, by travelling at highly excessive speeds,” Mr Cameron said.

"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.”

A light vehicle travelling more than 40kmh above the speed limit could now cop a fine of $1200 instead of $1000;

While a heavy vehicle travelling more than 29kmh but not more than 40kmh above the speed limit will be hit with a penalty of $1200 instead of $850.

Truckies travelling more than 40kmh above the speed limit will cop a penalty of $1500 instead of $1000.

Fines for failing to use seatbelts or failing to wear a motorcycle helmet will also increase from $1200 to $2800 for a first offence, and from $2400 to $4200 thereafter.

Topics:  police speeding traffic wa western australia

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