More than half of all police officers caught speeding in
the Southern district during the past two years have been
required to pay their fines.
Officers can have fines waived if they provide a justified
reason for speeding, under the Land Transport Road User Rule
Statistics obtained under the Official Information Act show
last year 19 police officers were caught speeding while on
Nine paid the fine, six were waived and four cases are
Fifty-six officers were caught speeding while on duty in the
district in 2012, of whom 35 paid their fine and 21 tickets
Southern district commander Superintendent Andrew Coster said
the numbers were low considering the amount of time spent on
the road by the district's 550 police, but ''any level of
unjustified speeding is unacceptable''.
''District police staff are well aware that they will be held
accountable for unjustified speeding, which falls outside the
exemption granted for emergency services ... ''''It is well
understood [among police] that unjustified speed is not
Police officers who were speeding for reasons other than
those allowed were treated the same as anyone else.
National manager road policing Superintendent Carey Griffiths
said the drivers of police vehicles caught speeding were all
fined and the fine was only waived if they could ''prove that
the alleged wrongdoing took place in the execution of their
The offending officer was required to pay the fine personally
and could face further disciplinary action depending on the
circumstances of the offending, he said.