19 Jun 2012
New speeding penalties
The penalties for exceeding the speed limit will change on 1 September 2012. Changes will include the expiation fee for the lowest offence reducing, however demerit points will double from 1 to 2. Higher demerits and expiation fees will apply for higher level offences.
Road Safety research gets five more years
The State Government has extended funding to the Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR) for another five years. The funding, more than $1 million each year until 2017, will enable CASR to further its world-renowned work in crash scene investigations, travel speed research and analysis of driving-while-impaired and vulnerable road users.
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The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure recently posted two new videos on the MyLicence website. The first provides information and tips for young drivers on how to avoid common country crashes. The second highlights how to avoid mobile phone distractions while driving, as well as a refresh on the laws and penalties.
Police targeted truck drivers for drug and other offences as part of Operation Austrans, a national trucking safety initiative which ran throughout May. Operation Austrans 2012 had a focus on drug offences. It has run annually since 1989 and involves a range of road, transport and safety authorities throughout Australia and New Zealand.
O’Sullivan Beach Road Bridge will be closed until December 2012 as part of the Southern Expressway Duplication, with no access across the bridge for all motorists and road users. The closure is required to relocate utility services, support the existing structure, excavate and then construct the bridge extension, similar to existing closures for Seacombe and Elizabeth Road bridges.
The Australasian College of Road Safety is inviting registrations to Australasia’s premier Road Safety Conference “A Safe System: Expanding the Reach”. Registrations for the 2012 ACRS National Conference, to be held in Sydney at The Menzies on 9 and 10 August, are now open.
The first recipients of the 2012 Community Grants for safer, greener and more active travel have been announced. The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure in partnership with the Motor Accident Commission, recently selected the successful recipients as part of the Community Road Safety grant stream (funded by the Motor Accident Commission). The grant funds small scale projects that aim to engage with local communities to create a culture of road safety and to influence safer use of the road network for the overall well being of the local community.
The department has committed to improve safety along its transport networks and to provide some practical responses to incidents of object throwing.
The South Australian Government conducted an audit of speed cameras to ensure they are operating for safety purposes and not to raise revenue.
The lowered motorway constructed as part of the $801 million Torrens Road to River Torrens Project Torrens will be opened to traffic on Saturday 29 September.
Preliminary works for the upgrade of the Main North Road intersection with Dalkeith Road and Smith Road are currently underway, with Telstra early works to commence from Wednesday 5 September.