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Speeding and Traffic Offences in South Australia (SA)

It is an offence to drive above the speed limit on any Australian road. In South Australia (SA), the Road Traffic Act 1961 in conjunction with the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935 provides details; penalties, restrictions and authorizations on such matters.

If you are caught speeding above the limit of a SA road (doesn’t matter the type of road), a ticket will be issued to the owner of the vehicle. To even further deter other terrible road use and mistakes, some penalties have been reviewed upwards from July 2020.

In some instances, serious violations of speeding limits will show up on an individual's national police check in South Australia (SA). These speeding offences are mainly those that end up in the SA Courts.

What are the penalties for exceeding the speed limits in SA?

The penalties imposed for exceeding the speed limits also depends on;


For those driving a car when they are imposed with a speeding ticket, the penalties are;


Less than 10km/h above the speed limit;

The law stipulates penalties of;


Driving between (10 -19) km/h above the speed limit;

If a driver is caught controlling a vehicle within this speed range, the law stipulates punishments of;


Driving between (20 -29) km/h above the speed limit;

The law stipulates that a driver operating their vehicle within this range should be imposed with;


Driving between (30 - 44) km/h above the speed limit;

If you are caught operating a vehicle within this range, the law advises punishments of


Driving over 45km/h above the speed limit;

This is the highest and most grievous speeding offence a driver can commit in SA. For this speeding offence, the law stipulates severe punishments of;

A possible clamping and impounding of the vehicle; if the official impounds your vehicle or seizes your license on the spot, you must find a new alternative to your destination.

Hoon driving or other reckless & dangerous driving actions;

This will result in fines of:

Section 46 of the Act further details the penalties of such driving offences.

Speed limits for Other vehicles

The Speed offences in SA considers the type of vehicle the driver was operating while they committed the offence. The Road Traffic Act stipulates that buses exceeding the 5 tonnes Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) or the vehicles exceeding 12 tonnes GVM must not exceed 100 km/h.

The penalties for driving above the stipulated speed limits for such special vehicles include fines above $2500

Speed limits when passing an emergency service speed zone

From September 2014, certain areas are designated as emergency speed or service zones. When passing through such areas, the driver must slow down, and in the general sense, must not be driving above 25km/h.

An emergency service or speed zone is the area near an emergency vehicle that has stopped (Road Traffic Act SA [s 83]). Usually, these vehicles flash the "popular" blue or red lights continuously while at that point.

However, this may not apply if a media strip divides the road between the driver and the emergency vehicle. Also, as per the law, drivers of other emergency vehicles are exempt from these rules; AFP, Australian Border Force, Armed forces, and co.

The penalties for such an offence includes a fine of up to $2500. Other penalties for such specific offences are found in section 164A of the Act.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) offences

DUI offences are the most common causes of Road and Traffic mishaps in Australia. It is a serious offence if the Police or Traffic official pronounces you to be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Such offences are mainly prosecuted in the Magistrate court, and if found guilty, the punishments include;


While holding a regular license, it is an offence to operate a vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Concentration above 0.05. If found guilty, the court stipulates punishments in the degree of the Drink driving offence.

0,005 – 0,079 BAC levels


0.08 – 0.149 BAC levels


0.15+ BAC levels


However, the punishments are severe for those caught driving at BAC levels above 0.00 while holding any of these licenses;

Disobeying the Traffic lights

There are stipulated penalties for disregarding the automatic traffic controllers like; Traffic lights

Running a red light incurs;

Disobeying a Stop or give way sign incurs;

Disobeying a no-U turn sign;

Other reckless traffic behaviour can be refusing to stop and assist when involved in a motor accident. If such actions lead to injury and death of the other party, they are liable for a court-imposed penalty with a statutory 5 demerit point loss.

Do Speeding and Traffic Offence show in my Criminal records?

Your criminal record contains your court history, outcomes, sentencing, finding of guilt and pending charges.

Although Police tickets are not in the criminal history, they remain in the Police database.

However, if the penalties or sentencing is imposed by a magistrate, it shows in the candidate's Police Check result as it is a traffic offence which becomes a disclosable court outcome (DCO).

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