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Road Driving Accidents still high in South Australia

ROAD TOLL STATISTICS: DRIVING ACCIDENTS ON A HIGH

According to the latest Road Toll Statistics, Driving Accidents in South Australia Territory is still high at the turn of the year.

It has been reported that there was a total of 97 road accidents around the territory in 2013 alone. This is an increase of 3 from the previous year which nets an average of 1 accident per 3.75 days.

While it the record of road accidents were significantly lower compared to the previous years, the number is still too high. The toll statistics shows that speeding was to be blamed since accidents that caused fatal accidents are due to the fact that most drivers do not wear seatbelt.

National Statistics of overall traffic accidents fell by 8 per cent however the authorities are considering the option of further reducing the speed limits in roads that have a high crash rate. The director of road and traffic management states that they are also preparing extensive program of works for the coming year which includes more rest areas and bicycle lanes.

The law that governs road regulation and safety in South Australia is the Road Traffic Act 1961 and under the said Act the Australian Road Rules 1999 was enacted as a Regulation. The issuance of driver licenses as well as the compulsory third party (CTP) insurance is governed by Motor Vehicles Act 1959. Indictable or serious offences which can be reckless or dangerous driving that causes death and injuries are governed by the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935.

Under these laws, drivers who are involved in traffic accidents are given demerit points. Demerit on the license depends on the traffic violation incurred by the Driver and it is set out under Schedule 4 of the Motor Vehicles Regulations 2010. Once a driver incurred 12 or more demerits within a 3 year period, his driver’s license can be revoked.

Once a driver committed a Traffic Offence an expiation notice will be issued to him and he will be required to pay a fine. Expiation fees including speeding fines are set out in schedule 9 of the Road Traffic Regulations. Other expiation fees are covered under schedule 5 of the Motor Vehicles Regulations 2010. If a Driver fails to pay his fine his driver’s licence may be suspended or his vehicle will be refused registration.

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. Criminal Lawyers Brisbane , Criminal lawyers Sydney ,Criminal lawyers Melbourne,criminal lawyers Perth,criminal lawyers Adelaide

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