Police target right-lane drivers today as part of Traffic Thursday

Drivers who stick to the right lane on multi-lane roads could receive a $312 fine today, as police target the specific law as part of their Traffic Thursday program.

South Australia Police (SAPOL) will target a specific law, one day a month, in a bid to highlight the issues on the road that cause frustration in motorists.

Inspector Ben Spencer, the acting officer in charge of the traffic support branch, said the infringement was regularly committed on multi-lane roads.

“This road rule is a prime example of the type of issue we are seeking to highlight,” Inspector Spencer said.

“It is regularly committed, and can lead to tailgating and road rage incidents.”

The expiation for the offence is $252, plus a $60 Victims of Crime levy.

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

Inspector Spencer said all police on duty state-wide on Thursday, July 13, would be encouraging motorists to pay attention to this road rule both through education and enforcement.

“We know that in addition to the Fatal Five, there are behaviours on the road that can cause frustration for other motorists and road users,” Inspector Spencer said.

“Those frustrations can spill over into dangerous behaviours, which ultimately increase the risk of injury crashes.

“This campaign is about targeting those behaviours through community discussion, education and ultimately enforcement.

“Over the long term, in conjunction with our road safety partners such as the Motor Accident Commission (MAC) and DPTI, we hope this provides the public with a road rules refresher.”

Australian Road Rules 130: 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.

Other road rules expected to be targeting in coming months include motorists following too close, failing to indicate, roundabout behaviour, and failing to stop at stop signs.

Police also encourage anyone witnessing dangerous driving to report this to  Traffic Watch by calling 131 444 as soon as it is safe to do so.