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South Australia has highest speeding fines in the nation, remember if going to Nationals

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2017/08/18 17:47:10 (permalink)
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South Australia has highest speeding fines in the nation, remember if going to Nationals

For travelling between 10km/h and 19km/h over the speed limit, South Australia’s $357 fine is more than $110 higher than the mainland state average. In the higher band from 20-29km/h over the limit, the local $726 fine eclipses fines in other states by around $300.
For travelling between 30km/h and 44km/h the fine is $866 — the highest in the nation
A $60 victims of crime levy is also tacked on to each penalty in SA. Going to court also attracts an increased victims of crime levy. The $427 fine for running a red light is the second highest in the nation, ­behind WA.
Less than 10 km/h – $163 speeding fine and two demerit points.
If you are intending to attend the upcoming MR2 Nationals please remember these draconian fines.
I find the South Australian Traffic Police to be the worst in Australia too. Being pulled over & grilled in very remote outback locations over 100 Km from any settlements. The cops are just booking every vehicle they can get. even the trucks were all doing 20Km over the posted speed limit. Be very careful especially if you are driving on the long straight outback highways! They are a very unwelcome introduction to the state of South Australia.
These draconian speeding fines have nothing to with road safety, just a means of propping up the impoverished states coffers. As for the victims of crime, very little of the speeding levy every gets to the needy, it's mostly used to run the bureaucracy!  
  • 10 km/h to 19 km/h – $357 speeding fine and three demerit points.
  • 20 km/h to 29 km/h – $726 speeding fine and five demerit points.
  • 30 km/h to 44 km/h – $866 speeding fine and seven demerit points.
  • 45 km/h or more – $975 speeding fine, nine demerit points and automatic suspension of drivers licence for six months
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    Carmikey
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    Re: 2017/08/18 17:54:31 (permalink)
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    Yep, Totally agree with you Ray-mr2. I can vouch for that, being from SA and have been caught in the revenue trap..


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    Re: 2017/08/18 18:10:26 (permalink)
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    Hi Mikey, I have been going to South Australia for over 50 years but the last time I drove from Broken Hill in NSW (my home state) I could not believe how officious the SA constabulary are! The Barrier Highway is making the SA police department very rich. Certainly not a welcoming entrance to your otherwise very nice state. 
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    Re: 2017/08/18 19:07:48 (permalink)
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    Ray-MR2
     
    I find the South Australian Traffic Police to be the worst in Australia too.
    • 45 km/h or more – $975 speeding fine, nine demerit points and automatic suspension of drivers licence for six months




     
    Thats a big title to hold! I have met a few NSW highway police that were, um, not nice? 
     
    NSW tops the 45kph and over - last I heard it was $2200, six months off the road effective immediately - not sure how many points.
     
    Yeah forget about speeding on any long stretches that seem to be straight forever - lidars have a very, very long range, radars work well on those roads as well. I can imagine those cops are working to a quota as well, if they don't meet it they get dragged into the bosses office. So with most drivers being careful with their speed cops will be looking for any fish to fry, no matter how small.

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    Re: 2017/08/18 19:59:43 (permalink)
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    I have to agree with you Dudeman, I have come across a couple of NSW Highway patrol cops who were just as bad as their SA counterparts. Generally though I have found the NSW ones are much more reasonable by comparison.
    The South Australian system is slightly different in that it is one Kilometre per hour less for each of its categories.
    As for the fines, NSW fines are:
    under 10 Km $116 & 1 point
    Over 10 & under 20 Km $269 & 3 points
    Over 20 & under 30 Km $462 & 4 points
    Over 30 but under 45 Km $884 & 5 points
    Then there is the over 45 Km $2,384 & 6 point killer! 
    post edited by Ray-MR2 - 2017/08/18 20:05:40
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    Re: 2017/08/19 00:49:25 (permalink)
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    The Hay Plain is not unpatrolled these days (and no cops like people speeding close or into their towns).
     
    Use a GPS speedometer and add a couple of klics
     
    From Sydney, 15 hours is a long and uneventful drive.
     
    After the freeway, Wagga to Narrandera has trees and curves.
    Narrandera to Hay straightens out after 60Km
    It's your choice near Balranald: Mildura or Tailem Bend
    I go left and follow the road to the SE Freeway. Toolybuc, Managatang, Ouyen, Murrayville
    Good curvy open roads outside Tailem Bend before you pass the new raceway.
     
    Sounding old now...  You have to get into distance driving. There is a lot going on and you have to be prepared for the unexpected; Watching the centre line doesn't help. Pass the baton or rest for a while.
     
     
     
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    Re: 2017/08/19 01:50:33 (permalink)
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    nick12
    The Hay Plain is not unpatrolled these days (and no cops like people speeding close or into their towns).
     
    Use a GPS speedometer and add a couple of klics
     




     
    Yeah, not slowing down for towns is a massive no-no and will score you a ticket.
     
    I'd use a GPS as a speedo yeah, but I wouldn't be adding any 'extra' to it. If SA cops are on a zero tolerance thing all you'll do there is land yourself a 'exceed speed limit 10kph and under' category. 
     
    All of the GPS units I have used were accurate in that they overstated your speed by 1~3kph. I wouldn't add that 1~3 to my cruise speed, if you have that set as your cruise speed and you go down a hill? Well your 1~3 gets bigger, big enough to donate to the states treasury. 
     
     

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    Re: 2017/08/19 06:10:06 (permalink)
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    Yeah. I would be very disinclined to add anything to GPS readings as comparing to many digital and analogue speedos in both cars and very accurate  heavy trucks the GPS units have always under read (Displayed a lesser figure ).
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    Re: 2017/08/19 07:46:57 (permalink)
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    Sounds like a trip you would put someone like me out front.  lol.  
     
    Pity I'm not doing the road trip tho.

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