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Speeding Offences

A speeding offence is reckoned when a motorist drives in excess of the designated speed limit.

We all know that there are areas with designated speed limits: areas such as school zones, hospital zones, high pedestrian traffic areas and interstate highways are areas with designated speed limits.

The speed limits are made known to the motoring public by means of sign posts on the shoulder of the roadways or markings on the streets themselves. The speed limits in these areas are enforced by means of mounted high speed cameras or by highway police officers who drive police cars which are equipped with sonar or laser scanners that can calculate the speed at which motorists are driving while on the roadways.

The high speed cameras are hooked up to computers that scan the licence plates and a traffic infringement notice is sent by mail to the registered owner of the vehicle whose licence plates are scanned.

The infringement notice will state the date and time of the commission of the speeding offence and the approximate speed at which the car was travelling. The infringement notice will also state the penalty for the speeding offence committed.

There are three speeding offences depending upon the speed at which the motorist was driving in excess of the designated speed limit. When the driving speed exceeds the designated speed limit by less than 30 km/h, the penalty for the first offence is a fine equivalent to 20 penalty units.

When the driving speed exceeds the designated speed limit by more than 30 km/h but less than 45 km/h, the penalty is a fine equivalent of 20 penalty units and a disqualification for a minimum of three months depending upon the jurisdiction of the court. When the driving speed exceeds the designated speed limit by more than 45 km/h, the penalty is a fine equivalent to 20 penalty units and disqualification for a minimum of six months upon orders of the court.

Disclaimer : This article is just a summary of the subject matter being discussed and should not be regarded as a comprehensive legal advice for you to defend yourself alone. If you are charged with criminal offences, it is recommended that you seek legal assistance from criminal lawyers.

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