Lead foot drivers on the decline, data shows

Speeding is falling among Victorian drivers, according to new data from the Transport Accident Commission

February 16, 2011

Speeding is falling among Victorian drivers, according to the latest mobile speed camera data from the Transport Accident Commission.

Only one in 66 vehicles travelling past a mobile speed camera is caught speeding, the TAC data shows.

The number of motorists caught for every hour of mobile speed camera operation has dropped from 10.12 in 2006 to 6.35 in 2010.

And the number of vehicles travelling more than 10km/h over the speed limit is less than 0.7 percent, TAC’s head of community relations, Phil Reed, says.

He says the figures show speeding is becoming socially unacceptable.

"It’s pleasing to see that the large majority of Victorian motorists are getting the message that speed kills," he says.

"The reduction in road trauma is a testament to the fact that cameras save lives."

With the location of mobile speed cameras publicly released, Reed says there is no excuse to be caught speeding.

"You know where the cameras are, you know how much fine will be, so why take the risk?" he asks.

"If you don’t speed, you have nothing to fear from speed cameras."

Despite the drop in speeding offences, TAC data shows speed was a factor in about 30 percent of all road fatalities last year.

Reed says changing people’s attitude is one of the greatest challenges to reducing speeding.

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