RAC reveals statistics of fatal crashes involving speeding in cities of Wanneroo, Joondalup and Swan

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INSURER RAC is calling on people to express their views on speed limits and speeding, following analysis of speed-related road fatalities in the area.

Over the past five years, seven road fatalities in the City of Wanneroo were caused by crashes in which speeding was a factor, four of which occurred in 2017.

In the same period, five road fatalities in the City of Joondalup and four in the City of Swan were caused by crashes in which speeding was a factor.

RAC corporate affairs general manager Will Golsby said speeding could have profound impacts on local communities, and even at lower speed roads, driving over the limit can have deadly consequences.

“Many WA drivers are of the opinion that sitting a few kilometres over the speed limit is acceptable,” he said.

“However, every time you exceed the speed limit, even by 5km/h, you’re significantly increasing the chance of serious injury or even death.

“There is no such thing as safe or low-level speeding.

“Speed limits are there for a reason and should be adhered to at all times, especially on suburban streets where we generally see more vulnerable road users such as children, cyclists and pedestrians.”

Across the State speeding remains the leading cause of road fatalities, prompting RAC to release a speed survey asking local communities for feedback on issues relating to speed limits and speeding.

“It is critical that as a State we have a strong understanding of the impact of speed in local communities and what people think could be solutions,” Mr Golsby said.

Visit www.rac.com.au/speedsurvey .