Traffic Thursday targets indicator use

A new police education initiative to highlight road rules that cause frustration for motorists, will tomorrow highlight the use of indicators.

And offences will carry hefty fines, such as two demerit points.

According to police, the failure to cancel a signal or misuse of a direction indicator carries a fine of $207 (plus $60 victims of crime levy), while the other offences can attract a $310 expiation.

The initiative falls under the Traffic Thursday campaign which was unveiled by SA Police in July.

Each month police will highlight road rules linked with driver behaviour that cause frustration for other road users, or rules that appear to be widely misunderstood.

In addition to the Fatal Five, police know that driver frustration can lead to risky or dangerous behaviours that ultimately put all road users at risk.

“This campaign is about targeting those behaviours through community discussion, education and ultimately enforcement,” said Superintendent Anthony Fioravanti, the officer in charge of Traffic Support Branch.

“We were pleased with the feedback from the community when we launched this campaign last month, starting with Australian Road Rule 130 requiring motorists to keep to the left on a multi-lane road.

“While these are short, sharp, one-day campaigns, we believe the educational component of this will have a more far reaching impact by acting as a road rules refresher for many drivers.

“Among the feedback we received was that motorists are annoyed by other drivers failing to indicate their intentions.”

Under the Australian Road Rules the following applies:

46(1) Fail to signal sufficient warning of left change of direction  

46(1) Fail to give five second signal of left move from stationary position

46(4) Fail to cancel left signal

48(1) Fail to signal sufficient warning of right change of direction

48(1) Fail to give five second signal of right move from stationary position

48(4) Fail to cancel right signal

51 Misuse of direction indicator

“These road rules are policed as a matter of normal police business, but Traffic Thursday will throw a spotlight on these offences,” Superintendent Fioravanti said.

“None of us has a crystal ball, so it is not just a legal requirement but a courtesy to your fellow motorists to signal your intent.”

Anyone witnessing dangerous driving is encouraged to report this behaviour to Traffic Watch by calling 131 444 as soon as it is safe to do so.

INDICATE: Police will focus on indicator use as part of their Traffic Thursday campaign.

INDICATE: Police will focus on indicator use as part of their Traffic Thursday campaign.