Road rules and penalties

Take the road rules quizThere are many laws governing drivers, riders and pedestrians. If you breach the road rules or your licence conditions, you could incur demerit points, have to pay a fine or face more serious consequences like losing your licence.

Most driving offences are covered by the Road Traffic Act 1961 (RTA) and in Regulations made under this Act such as the Australian Road Rules (ARR) and the Road Traffic (Road Rules – Ancillary and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2014 (RT RR Regs).

In addition, the Motor Vehicles Act 1959 (MVA) regulates (amongst other things) the issuing of driver's licences, the registration of motor vehicles and compulsory third party insurance.

Hoon driving provisions are covered by the Criminal Law (Clamping, Impounding and Forfeiture of Vehicles) Act 2007 and the Criminal Law (Clamping, Impounding and Forfeiture of Vehicles) Regulations 2007, although the range of offences for which a car may be clamped or impounded are much broader.

Serious offences (otherwise known as indictable offences) such as causing death or injury by reckless or dangerous driving are contained in the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935.

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Southern Expressway Community Safety Initiatives

16 Jan 2019

The department has committed to improve safety along its transport networks and to provide some practical responses to incidents of object throwing.


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Speed Camera Audit

15 Jan 2019

The South Australian Government conducted an audit of speed cameras to ensure they are operating for safety purposes and not to raise revenue.


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Road safety works

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Safety to be improved on roads in the Upper North Area

12 Mar 2019

Works to improve safety on various sections of roads in the Upper North Area, including more than 41km of surfacing works, will begin on Saturday, 16 March.


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Safety to be improved on Goyder Highway

08 Mar 2019

Surfacing works to improve safety on Goyder Highway between Burra and Morgan are set to commence next week.


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