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Keeping left - Back by popular demand!

13 Jun 2018 3:50pm

Tomorrow’s Traffic Thursday campaign is a repeat offender which is back by popular demand! This week the operation will focus on the offence of ‘Failing to keep left on a multi-lane road’, (Section 130 (2) of the Australian Road Rules).

Traffic Thursday, a 24-hour, once-a-month operation, has had a strong education focus over the last 12 months, with the majority of motorists cautioned rather than fined as police continue their role in road safety.

The first road rule the Traffic Thursday campaign focused on, in July 2017, was keeping to the left with 226 motorists spoken to during the short, sharp campaign (207 of whom were issued with cautions).

“One of the key missions of police is to educate road users on road safety and road rules to prevent death and serious injury from crashes,” said Superintendent Robert Gray, the officer in charge of the Traffic Support Branch.

“In addition to identifying offending drivers, we have also had a strong social media presence with this campaign. And we have been paying close attention to the factors which irk road users on a daily basis.

“For that reason, the topic of tomorrow’s Traffic Thursday campaign is back because we know how many drivers are frustrated by other road users failing to keep left.

“We believe this offence is regularly committed on our roads and may lead to tailgating and road rage-type incidents.

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

These road rules are policed as a matter of normal police business, but Traffic Thursday throws a spotlight on offences which are particularly frustrating for drivers and police.

The Rule:

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 2 marked lanes and the left lane is a slow vehicle turn out lane.  

The offence attracts a fine of $252 (plus a $60 Victims of Crime Levy) and two demerit points

Anyone witnessing dangerous driving is encouraged to report this behaviour to Traffic Watch by calling 131 444 as soon as it is safe to do so.