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- Speeding is the leading behavioural factor in death and injuries on Australian roads
- It is estimated to be a direct factor in around 30% of all road accidents in Australia
- 45% of all fatal crashes occurred in speed zones of 100km/hour or over
- There were 1,194 deaths on Australian roads in 2019
Speeding affects a person’s ability to drive in several different ways.
Speeding is not only driving over the speed limit, it is also considered speeding when the vehicle is travelling too fast for the road conditions which could be affected by weather and traffic.
Speeding is one of the five fatal driving behaviours that cause the largest amount of road fatalities in Australia and is estimated to be a direct factor in around 30% of all road accidents.
In 2019, the were a total 1,195 road deaths in Australia. As of July 2020, National Road Safety Strategy currently report a drop of 21% from their baseline average reported back between the years of 2008 to 2010.
The 40 to 64 age group had the highest amount of crashes at 32%, while the 0-16 age group has the lowest at 4%.
There was a 5.3% increase of road deaths in 2019 compared to 2018.
It has been suggested by the centre for automotive safety research though, that speeding could play a much larger role in road crashes that result in fatalities on Australian roads.
How speeding affects driving ability
When you speed your field of vision is reduced. This affects your ability to react clearly to hazards approaching the vehicle from the side or rear.
The faster a vehicle is travelling, the harder the impact the vehicle will have with a hazard.
It is estimated that the impact of a collision of a vehicle going 50km/hr is equivalent to a vehicle dropping from a three storey building.
A vehicle travelling 100km/hr would have the equivalent impact of a vehicle dropping 12 storeys.
Speeding affects the stopping distance of a car.
When you speed, you travel further in the time it takes you to notice and react to hazards on the road, meaning you have less time to react and respond than someone not speeding.
The distance it takes to stop an average family car
Reporting on speeding related accidents varies state by state, meaning that there are inconsistent figures on speed-related crashes on a national level.
It is estimated that 40% of all road fatalities in New South Wales are attributed to speeding.
From 2014–2018 730 people were killed in New South Wales, 18,000 were injured and about 1,350 people were seriously injured each year.
As of July 2020, fines for speeding offences in Victoria range from $207 to $1,900 (heavy vehicle), up to 3 demerit points and automatic licence suspensions of up to 12 months. Victoria is one of few states, however, that doesn’t issue double demerit points during public holidays.
Of the 12,281 car accidents that occurred on Victorian roads in 2017, 1,936 happened in speed zones of over 100km/hr.
Victorians paid a total of $363.1 million in speeding fines in 2017, the highest in the country.
Speeding killed 48 people in 2019 on Queensland roads, which was a 5.9% decrease from 2018.
The cost of speed-related fatalities and hospitalisation casualties' costs Queensland an estimated $3.2 billion each year.
Speeding fines in Western Australia can range from $100 to $1,200 and up to 7 demerit points.
The most fatalities occur in 110km/hr speed zones in Western Australia.
Western Australian Road Safety Commission reported 52 fatalities in 2018 that occur as a result of speeding.
Drivers in Western Australia paid a total of $97 million in speeding fines in 2017, a decrease of $13,000 on the previous year.
In 2019 there were 114 fatalities on South Australian roads and 833 serious injuries.
As of August 23, 2020, SAPOL data reports 59 fatalities and 428 serious injuries.
Effective from July 1, 2020, speeding fines in South Australia range from $180 to $1,690, up to 9 demerit points and the automatic loss of licence.
South Australian drivers paid a total of $174 million in speeding fines.
Tasmania has put in place a Safer Speeds road safety program aimed at implementing speed limits to reduce the amount of crashes and fatalities on Tasmanian roads.
Speeding fines in Tasmania can range from $86 to $989, maximum 6 demerit points and a 4 month disqualification of licence.
There were 29 fatalities on Tasmanian roads during 2019.
Speeding fines in the Australian Capital Territory range from $297 to $2,136 and six demerit points.
In 2019 there were a total of 6 fatalities as a result of vehicle accidents in the Australian Capital Territory.
Speeding fines in the Northern Territory can range from $150 to $1,000 and demerit points of up to 6 points.
The Northern Territory is one of the only states that record the number of speed related fatality statistics.
As of July 2020, there have been total of 15 lives lost on roads in the Northern Territory, of which 2 have been speed related.
Northern Territory speeding fatalities
International speeding fine comparison
Australia is one of the most expensive countries in the world for speeding fines, with the 6th highest fines for speeding 20km/hour over the speed limit.
Top ten most expensive countries for speeding fines