“Abhorrent” behavior detected on Northern Connector, South Australia

Police are warning dangerous drivers that there will be a no-tolerance approach to speeding as an alarming number of motorists were caught recklessly ignoring speed limits during Operation Northern Connector across August , September and October.

There were 2,134 drivers detected for speed offences on the Northern Connector between Dry Creek and Waterloo corner during the 50 days of the operation, with one matter still under investigation involving a vehicle detected travelling at 209kph.

Other detections were as follows:

  • 2,098 drivers detected speeding up to 29 kph over the limit.
  • 24 drivers detected speeding between 30 and 44 kph over the limit.
  • 12 drivers were detected speeding 45 kph or more over the limit.

Two drivers immediately lost their license and 2 vehicles were impounded.

Superintendent Bob Gray, Officer in Charge Traffic Services Branch says this abhorrent behavior is unacceptable and police will be out in force on the Northern Connector to make sure these people are caught.

“People are being killed on our roads,” Supt Gray says.

“Families are suffering, communities are grieving and these irresponsible drivers have no regard for the trauma their behavior can cause.

Research shows that the conscious decision to drive dangerously is underpinned by selfish desires and an arrogant belief that some people are ‘good enough’ drivers to handle high speeds.

The reality is that it only takes a split second for something to go wrong and carnage to ensue,” warned Supt. Gray.

“We want these drivers to know that we will be watching and if you choose to drive like this, you will be caught and there will be consequences.”

South Australia Police regularly conduct state-wide operations targeting the Fatal 5 factors that lead to death and devastation on our roads. Police are paying particular attention to areas identified as hot spots for dangerous driver behaviour.

Members of the public who witness dangerous driving are encouraged to report it via:

* The Traffic Watch app – the app is free to download and you can remain anonymous https://www.police.sa.gov.au/online-services/traffic-watch2

* Or call 131444

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