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Excessive Speed

Driving – Dangerous Driving Offences – SA

Welcome to the SA Excessive speed article page. Everything you need to know about Excessive speed according to SA law – Dated: 09/01/2009

What the Law States according to SA Law for Excessive speed

According to SA Law for the charge of Excessive speed:

A speed limit sign often indicates the speed limit [Australian Road Rules 20] or if there are no signs, the default speed limit applies. In a built-up area the default speed limit is 50 kph or outside of built-up areas, 100 kph [Australian Road Rules 25].

Speed limits applying to classes of vehicles
There are also some special speed limits applying to certain classes of vehicles, for example buses exceeding 5 tonne gross vehicle mass (GVM) and vehicles exceeding 12 tonne GVM must not exceed 100 kph.

Speed limit when passing emergency services vehicles
Drivers must also slow down and drive at a safe speed, and in any case no greater than 40 km/h when passing an emergency services vehicle that is stationary and displaying a flashing blue or red light [Road Traffic Act 1961 s 83].

The Maximum Penalty – Excessive speed

According to SA Law for the charge of Excessive speed:

The maximum penalty for any of the speeding offences described above is a fine of up to $1250 [Road Traffic Act 1961 s 164A].

Further offence of dangerous driving
Drivers who excessively speed may also be charged with an offence of dangerous driving [Road Traffic Act 1961 s 46].

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