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The Australian government takes speeding seriously, and drivers who are caught exceeding the limit may face stiff penalties. While overspeeding is initially considered a minor offence, it can easily result in loss of licence, loss of employment and financial hardship.

Drivers who are caught speeding may be fined up to $2400. The penalties can increase significantly if the driver is caught speeding in a school zone or work zone. If you fail to pay the fine, you may be issued with a court attendance notice. The presiding magistrate will then determine the final penalty, which can result in unwanted consequences.

Oftentimes, it can be hard to distinguish when you're breaking the law while driving in a different state other than your own. This is why avoiding NSW speeding fines can be difficult, as the state has different speeding regulations to other states.

If you are driving in NSW, here are some tips on how you can avoid getting a speeding fine:

  • Know The Speed Limits

The first step in avoiding a speeding fine is to know the speed limits. In NSW, the speed limit on highways is 100 km/h unless otherwise stated.

These are:

  • 50 km/h in built-up (urban) areas, excepting:

  • 40 km/h in school zones or other areas with high volumes of pedestrian activity

  • 10 km/h in shared zones, where both pedestrians and motor vehicles are on the road and

  • 100 km/h outside of built-up areas.

A police officer in New South Wales can suspend a driver's licence on the spot if they are caught speeding more than 45 km/h over the limit. Moreover, if a police officer believes that you have exceeded the speed limit by more than 30 km/h, they may issue an immediate licence suspension notice. This exception applies to camera-recorded offences.

  • Be Wary Of Speed Cameras

It is also essential to be aware of where the speed cameras are located. In NSW, there are three types of speed cameras: fixed, red light and mobile. Mobile speed cameras can be found in unmarked vehicles, so it's important to always be aware of your surroundings.

If you see a speed camera, the best thing to do is to slow down and make sure you are within the limit. It's also important to note that there are certain areas where speeding fines double. These include school zones, work zones and hospital precincts.

  • Obey Traffic Lights And Signs

Another way to avoid getting NSW speeding fines is to obey traffic lights and signs. Running a red light or stop sign is considered a serious offence in NSW, and it can result in a $405 fine and the loss of three demerit points.

  • Driving The Speed Limit In A School Zone

One of the best ways to avoid getting a speeding fine is to drive the speed limit in a school zone. The speed limit in school zones is reduced to 40 km/h during school days, and drivers who are caught speeding in these areas may be fined up to $2,200.

  • Don't Use Your Phone While Driving

Using your phone while driving is a major distraction, and it can result in a $337 fine and the loss of four demerit points. If you're caught using your phone while driving in a school zone, you may be fined up to $427.

  • Wear Your Seatbelt

Not wearing a seatbelt is a major safety hazard, which can result in a $337 fine.

  • Don't Drive Under The Influence Of Alcohol Or Drugs

Undoubtedly, alcohol can affect your driving in so many ways, such as,

  • drowsiness, which may cause you to fall asleep at the wheel

  • impaired vision

  • reduced reaction times

  • reduced concentration and vigilance

  • difficulty in understanding what’s happening around you

  • difficulty doing several tasks at once (e.g. keeping in your lane and avoiding other traffic)

  • failure to obey road rules

  • overconfidence, which may lead to risk-taking

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious offence, and this can result in a $3,300 fine and the loss of your licence.

  • Pay Attention To The Road Conditions

Apart from knowing the speed limits, it's important to pay attention to the road conditions as well. The speed limit is often reduced in adverse weather conditions, such as heavy rain, fog or strong winds. It's advisable to check the local news or traffic reports before starting your journey to see if there have been any changes to the speed limit.

  • Drive Within Your Ability

The best way to avoid getting a speeding fine is to simply drive within the speed limit. Speeding not only puts yourself and others at risk, but it's also against the law. So, if you're caught speeding, be prepared to face the consequences.

  • Keep Your Distance From Other Vehicles

Make sure to keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you. This will give you enough time to brake if needed.

Choosing not to get guidance for a speeding offence can result in getting points on your driving license or in more serious circumstances, such as losing your driving privileges through the totting up procedure. A speeding offence could even lead to being charged with dangerous driving.

If you're caught speeding, there are three things you can do:

- Pay the fine and get demerit points.

- Request a review from Revenue NSW.

- Take the matter to court.

If you opt to take your case to court, you cannot change your mind later down the road. Consequently, it's important to understand when and why you might choose this legal route before making a final decision. If you are facing your first speeding offence, it's best to seek legal assistance as soon as possible.

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