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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
- Speeding fines in Australia amounted to $1.1 billion dollars in 2017
Speeding affects a person’s ability to drive in a number of 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 traffic7.
Speeding is one of the fatal five driving behaviours that cause the largest amount of road fatalities in Australia. Speeding is estimated to be a direct factor in around 30% of all road accidents in Australia. The 2017 rate of annual road deaths per 100,000 was 4.98, meaning that the rate of deaths that can be attributed to speeding is around 1.66 deaths per 100,000 people2. However it has been suggested by the centre for automotive safety research, that speeding could play a much larger role in road crashes, and fatalities in particular, on Australian roads. This assumption is based on the fact that determining the speed of vehicles after an accident occurs is beyond the scope of regular traffic police who record the data about crashes on site, and is usually only determined by a detailed crash reconstruction14.
In 2017 45% of all fatal crashes occurred in speed zones of 100km/hour or over, which shows a huge correlation between vehicles travelling at high speeds and road accidents. Only 12% of fatal crashes occurred in speed zones of 50km/hr or under2. It is also interesting to note that 50% of speeding related crashes happen as a result of travelling just 1-10km/h over the speed limit.
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 storeys10.
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 is 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 2013-2017 740 people were killed in New South Wales, 19,000 were injured and about 1,500 people were seriously injured each year1. You can face fines of up to $2,530 and licence suspensions of 6 months for speeding offences in New South Wales. New South Wales drivers paid $274.7 million in speeding fines in 201715.
Fines for speeding offences in Victoria range from $207 to $826, demerit points and licence suspensions of up to 12 months. Of the 12,281 car accidents that occurred on Victorian roads in 2017, 1,936 happened in speed zones of over 100km/hr6. Victorians paid a total of $363.1 million in speeding fines in 2017, the highest in the country.
Speeding killed 50 people in 2017 on Queensland roads, making up 20% of the total Queensland Road Toll. The cost of speed-related fatalities and hospitalisation casualties costs Queensland an estimated $3.2 billion each year4. Fines for speeding in Queensland range from $177 to $1,245 in addition to points and suspensions of licences. Queenslanders paid a total of $226 million in speeding fines during 2017.
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 police estimate that each year there are 60 fatalities that occur as a result of speeding in Western Australia. 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 2018 there were 80 fatalities on South Australian roads12. Speeding fines in South Australia range from $177 through to $1036 and 9 demerit points on the offenders licence13. 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 $81.50 to $937.25 and a 4 month disqualification of licence11. There was 33 fatalities on Tasmanian roads during 2018. Tasmanian drivers paid the least in speeding fines in 2017, at only $1 million in total.
Speeding fines in the Australian Capital Territory range from $279 to $2,136 and six demerit points10. In 2018 there were a total of 9 fatalities as a result of vehicle accidents in the Australian Capital Territory.
Speeding fines in the Northern Territory can range from $150 to $1000 and demerit points of up to 6 points8. The Northern Territory is one of the only states that record the number of speed related fatality statistics9.
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 limit16.
Top ten most expensive countries for speeding fines
Data on this website was sourced in July 2019 with the latest available data from July 2019. Auto & General Services Pty Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the data and accepts no liability whatsoever arising from or connected in any way to the use or reliance upon this data.