Police target traffic rules

A new initiative from South Australia Police will target a specific law once a month in a bid to highlight the issues on the road that cause motorist frustration.

The ongoing campaign dubbed ‘Traffic Thursday’ will see a themed operation aimed at educating drivers.

“We know that in addition to the Fatal Five, there are behaviours on the road that can cause frustration for other motorists and road users,” acting Officer in Charge of the SA Police Traffic Support Branch Inspector Ben Spencer said.

“Those frustrations can spill over into dangerous behaviours, which ultimately increase the risk of injury crashes.

“This campaign is about targeting those behaviours through community discussion, education and ultimately enforcement.

“Over the long term, in conjunction with our road safety partners such as the Motor Accident Commission and DPTI, we hope this provides the public with a road rules refresher.”

Tomorrow sees the first Traffic Thursday campaign focus on motorists who fail to keep left on multi-lane roads.

“This road rule is a prime example of the type of issue we are seeking to highlight,” Inspector Spencer said.

“It is regularly committed, and can lead to tailgating and road rage incidents.

“Adherence to this rule is essential for the safe and efficient flow of traffic.”

Inspector Spencer said all police on duty on Thursday state-wide would be encouraging motorists to pay attention to this road rule both through education and enforcement.

Australian Road Rules 130—Keeping to the left on a multi-lane road

  • (1) This rule applies to a driver driving on a multi-lane road if -
  • (a) the speed limit applying to the driver for the length of road where the driver is driving is over 80 kilometres per hour; or 
  • (b) a keep left unless overtaking sign applies to the length of road where the driver is driving.
  • (2) The driver must not drive in the right lane unless -
  • (a) the driver is turning right, or making a U-turn from the centre of the road, and is giving a right change of direction signal; or
  • (b) the driver is overtaking; or
  • (c) a left lane must turn left sign or left traffic lane arrows apply to any other lane and the driver is not turning left; or
  • (d) the driver is required to drive in the right lane under rule 159; or
  • (e) the driver is avoiding an obstruction; or
  • (f) the traffic in each other lane is congested; or
  • (g) the traffic in every lane is congested; or
  • (h) the right lane is a special purpose lane in which the driver, under another provision of the Australian Road Rules, is permitted to drive; or
  • (i) there are only two marked lanes and the left lane is a slow vehicle turn out lane.
  • The expiation for the offence is $252, plus a $60 Victims of Crime levy.

Other road rules expected to be targeting in coming months include motorists following too close, failing to indicate, roundabout behaviour, and failing to stop at stop signs.

Police also encourage anyone witnessing dangerous driving to report this to Traffic Watch by calling 131 444 as soon as it is safe to do so.