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Thousands of speeding ACT drivers charged

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ACT Police charged more than 7000 drivers with speeding last year, including dozens travelling more than 45km/h over the posted speed limit.

In statistics released on Tuesday, ACT Police said officers issued 7,128 traffic infringement notices for speeding in 2012.

Included in this total is 112 drivers caught speeding by more than 45km/h over the limit.

ACT Traffic Operations Superintendent Rod Anderson said that this month, police would be targeting speeding motorists as part of a road safety strategy.

"The fact is many fatal and serious traffic crashes that occur on Canberra roads each year are directly attributable to motorists who exceed the posted speed limit," Acting Superintendent Anderson said.

"Speeding reduces the time drivers have to react and avoid crashes, their ability to control the vehicle and lengthens stopping distances, increasing both the likelihood of crashing and the severity of the crash outcome.

"The message is simple, don't speed. Otherwise you may find yourself with heavy fines, loss of your driver's license or even imprisoned. More importantly help us make our roads safer."

Fines for speeding range from a minimum of $167 and the loss of one demerit point to over $1,800 and the loss of six demerit points for each offence.

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