26 September 2023

Police remind drivers that speed’s not unlimited

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ACT Policing has reminded road users that there are a variety of reduced speed limit areas all around the Territory.

Officer in Charge of ACT Road Policing, Acting Inspector Ken Williams said paying attention to the speed limit was one of the simplest things a driver could do to improve their own safety and that of other road users.

“If a lower speed limit is in place in an area, it’s there to protect a vulnerable road user,” A/Inspector Williams said.

“Reduced limits near schools keep our children safer,” he said.

“In shared areas, the lower limit makes it easier for motorists to give way to pedestrians, which the law requires.”

A/Inspector Williams urged everyone to remember that the limit in all town centres across the ACT, and some other high-foot-traffic areas, were now 40km/h.

He reminded drivers to slow down to 40 km/h when passing any emergency vehicle that had its lights flashing.

“Police officers, paramedics and firefighters don’t need to be exposed to any more risks while they’re doing their job,” he said.

A/Inspector Williams also reminded drivers that temporary speed limits in road works and construction areas were enforceable if there was a sign advising the limit in a red circle.

He said that as part of the ACT Road Safety Calendar, ACT Policing would be focusing on reduced speed zones for the month of March.

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