South African police figures analyzed by the RAA show that 5,410 lead motorists were detected at speeds of 45km/h or more above the limit on state roads between July 2015 and June 2021. Traffic safety authorities have denounced the unacceptable and disgraceful behavior, which increased 41.7 percent over the seven-year period and cost drivers nearly $4.7 million in fines. A further 1,113 motorists whose driving was deemed so dangerous as to warrant more than a fine and nine demerit points have been arrested or reported in the past three fiscal years. motorists who drive at excessive or extreme speeds risk jail time and increased license disqualifications. the vehicles had the capacity. He said the “reckless and irresponsible behaviour” disregarded the safety of all road users. or near the road,” Mr Mountain said. “It puts the lives of other road users at great risk and if you make a mistake traveling so fast over the speed limit it will cost almost certainly your life and those in the vehicle if you crash. a 60 kph zone on Awoonga Rd and 126 kph in a 60 kph zone on Valley Rd, both in Highbury, on January 3. AN UNLICENSED driver, 18, clocked at 170mph in an 80mph zone on Glenelg River Rd, Mount Gambier, on New Years Day. AN UNREGISTERED, unlicensed MOTORCYCLIST, 27, caught speeding 200kph in a 60kph zone on Robe Tce and Park Tce, North Adelaide on December 28. A MAN, 28, clocked 120 mph in a 70 mph zone on the Riddoch Highway in Glenroy in the southeast of the state on December 27. The officer in charge of the SA Police Traffic Services Branch, Superintendent Bob Gray, said he was “extremely concerned” about speeding. , which was on an upward trajectory. He said police across the country have seen a worrying increase in g-drivers driving at high speeds and taking greater risks since the Covid-19 pandemic. “This kind of behavior is totally unacceptable and the risk it presents is totally unacceptable,” Superintendent Gray told The Advertiser. “It’s not just the person doing that speed, it’s the people in their vehicles, it’s the other road users – be they drivers, drivers, pedestrians, cyclists – and they put everyone in danger.” Basically, they are driving a ball over two tons at a speed of 45 km/h over the limit. People must now consider the consequences if they are detected speeding. maximum penalty of three years imprisonment and a mandatory minimum license disqualification of two years. A subsequent offense would result in an increased license disqualification period of five years. Aggravating factors – including driving while prohibited and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs – would increase both prison terms and license bans to five years Excessive speed is driving 45 km/h or more over the limit. The maximum for an aggravated offense is now two years in prison. There was previously no prison sentence. Road Safety Minister Vincent Tarzia said: “Any driver caught in excess of speed – especially those who exceed the limit by more than 45 km / h – should be ashamed of themselves.” I am relieved that these particular drivers have been caught because speeds this high will cause accidents and serious injuries – if those involved are lucky enough to survive. “The loss of dad left a gaping hole. He got 20 months but we got a life sentence. “(Dad) was such a great man. It changes you as a family forever. You are never the same and you always miss them,” says Ms. Gilmour. Mr Curtis, 62, was cycling in a Salisbury Plains cycle lane when he was hit and killed by driver Garang Akech Luk in October 2017. Luk, then 19, was speeding, had a 0.12 blood alcohol level, was suspended from driving at time and neither tried to help Mr. Curtis nor called triple-0. He was given a 20-month non-conditional release sentence – a sentence which Ms Gilmour describes as an injustice. She urges all South Australians to consider the consequences of their actions before getting behind the wheel and breaking the law. “When you voluntarily get behind the wheel and get disqualified, get drunk and drive too fast, it’s not an accident,” says Ms Gilmour. “There’s a good chance you could cause harm, if not worse than with my dad, and these people seem to think they’re above the law and don’t really care about other people.” Ms Gilmour says her youngest son never met his grandfather, while his mother, Wendy, mourned the loss of her husband just months before their 40th wedding anniversary. “Those not directly affected by the loss of a loved one think that after a month or two, that’s it. They don’t know that it can take years for things to be settled or sorted,” she says. “(Dangerous drivers) are very selfish and they are not above the law. You take a loved one… and then these people end up with a gaping hole for the rest of their lives.