National Road Safety Week – No excuse for speeding

During National Road Safety Week, we are all drawn to stories that lead to tragedy and trauma, generally as a result of a serious crash that caused death or serious injury.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Travis Wurst said, “The Northern Territory Police and other frontline agencies are all too often confronted with tragedy on our roads across our urban, rural and remote regions that were entirely avoidable, preventable and completely unnecessary, caused by people not paying attention or disregarding the rules.

“What is even more outrageous than the behaviour that causes these crashes, are the pathetic excuses people provide police when they are detected committing serious road safety offences.”

The below examples come from last weekend:

  • An 18-year-old male stopped on Tiger Brennan Drive driving at 45km over the speed limit who stated he ‘didn’t realise’ he was speeding until stopped.
  • A 19-year-old male also stopped on Tiger Brennan Drive driving at 29km over the speed limit. He described being ‘distracted’ by his four passengers, all of whom were under the age of 18 years.
  • An 18-year-old male was caught driving a 92km per hour on the Stuart Highway through the Stuart Park 60km zone. He was apparently ‘late for work’.

“The common theme that these real examples highlight is the poor driver attitudes and behaviours police are exposed to every day, particularly within the young male drivers between 17 and 25 years of age,” Mr Wurst said. “One error of judgment and any one of these drivers could have crashed and killed themselves, but more selfishly, their passengers or other road users.”

This National Road Safety Week, we’re inviting all drivers to take the pledge to drive so others survive. Visit

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