If statistics are anything to go by, drivers speeding on the Kings Highway over Easter can expect to be caught.
NSW Police are reporting a 43 per cent increase in infringements issued on the Kings Highway over summer compared to last year, and with double demerit points in place over the Easter and Anzac Day breaks, drivers are being urged to slow down, be patient and allow extra time.
According to Council’s road safety officer Heidi Hanes, the increase in infringements does not necessarily mean more people are speeding and doing the wrong thing.
“What it tells us is an increased police presence brings a higher detection rate, so if you do speed or break the law on the Kings Highway, you will be caught.”
Ms Hanes said a driver survey conducted as part of the Kings Highway Road Safety Partnership summer campaign showed 80 per cent of drivers surveyed reported seeing a police vehicle while travelling on the Kings Highway.
“Speed continues to be the highest contributing factor in crashes on the Kings Highway. We know the highest number of crashes happen on weekends, occur in wet and overcast conditions, and are single vehicle crashes travelling from Canberra to Batemans Bay.”
“The message is clear. Be patient and allow extra time when travelling on the Kings Highway, and if you speed, you will be caught.”
The Kings Highway Road Safety Partnership includes ACT Police, NSW Police, ACT government, NSW Roads and Maritime Services, Eurobodalla Council, and Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council.
NSW Police Operation Tortoise statewide for Easter and Anzac Day holidays
Easter double demerit points, 13-17 April
Anzac Day double demerit points, 21-25 April
Expect there will be traffic delays, and allow extra time when travelling on the Kings Highway
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