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SA Am I Able to Dispute Speeding Fines?

Discussion in 'Traffic Law Forum' started by GGCunningham, 25 July 2016.

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  1. GGCunningham

    GGCunningham Member

    25 July 2016
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    Hi there, would love some help.

    I received a speeding fine on the Princes Highway, Crafers West.

    There was a variable speed limit of 40km/h due to roadworks, which I slowed down for (in fact, we slowed to about 25km/h due to thick traffic).

    Once well past the roadworks, 400 metres/ish, I sped up (as were all the other cars) but at 500 metres past the roadworks, I was pinged, doing 77km/h (I was heading up to the normal speed limit of 90km/h). A further 400 metres on from that was a 90km/h sign.

    I know that I was in the wrong, however, I see this as incredibly unfair given the roadworks were almost 1km behind me and clearly, there were no further roadworks ahead, so I assumed (should never assume) that once we were through, we were good to go (like most roadworks!). I was horribly wrong and have a $941 bill to pay plus lose 7 demerit points!

    I know that I would not be the only one who was caught out here, as there were plenty of cars doing exactly the same as me!

    I also have one other car in one of the photos (it is a fair way back) so wondered if I am able to dispute speeding fines.

    Any help would be sensational.

    Thank you.
  2. Sophea

    Sophea Well-Known Member

    16 April 2014
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    Generally law is law on these things, and reasonableness of the law is not valid basis for breaking it.

    I don't know about SA but some states will waive a fine if you have had a good history for 5-10 years?
  3. AlphaR1

    AlphaR1 Active Member

    2 August 2016
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    Elect to have the matter heard at court and choose to plead guilty with an explanation, the explanation being that which you have outlined here. If you have a good traffic history, print this out and show it to the court.

    It is probable at the very least that you will get a substantial reduction in penalty and/or demerit point loss.

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