Need for safety remains crucial

The question arose last week when an academic said his research of WA accidents since 2010 showed a higher proportion of serious and fatal crashes involved a minority of drivers, those going over the limit by 20km/h.

So although Professor Max Cameron suggested there might need to be a shift in focus, he was not calling for change to fines for lower level speeding and in fact supported the introduction of demerit point loss for exceeding the limit by under 10km/h.

So people should not expect an easing of penalties for the ‘error’ ” as it is referred to by Prof Cameron’s colleagues at Monash’s Accident Research Centre ” of speeding.

And drivers should not expect any break from the need to be attentive at the wheel to avoid errors on the road, thereby keeping safety paramount.