RTA Definition of speeding

Speeding is defined as excessive speed for the prevailing conditions.

For statistical purposes the RTA considers speeding to have been a contributing factor in a road crash if:

At least one driver/ rider was charged with a speeding offence; or

The vehicle was described by the police as travelling at excessive speed; or

The stated speed of the vehicle was in excess of the speed limit.

The vehicle was performing a manoeuver characteristic of excessive speed, that is:

  • While on a curve the vehicle jack-knifed, skidded , slid or the controller lost control; or

  • The vehicle ran off the road while negotiating a bend or turning a corner and the controller was not distracted by something nor disadvantaged by drowsiness or sudden illness and was not swerving to avoid another vehicle, animal or object and the vehicle did not suffer equipment failure.