The road rules most-often broken in Victoria
The latest Victoria Police data has revealed the most-broken traffic laws in Victoria, and the most-commonly broken is probably not the one you think.
Despite the constant reminders, rising fines, and increased driver education, road rules are broken every day on Victoria’s roads, and some more than others.
A range of road laws are broken hundreds of thousands of times over during any given year, and despite COVID-19 lockdowns resulting in fewer fines with less cars on the roads, the same five road laws are the most frequently broken year-on-year – meaning that though there may have been a shift in behaviours at home during COVID-19, behaviour on our roads remained the same.
From failing to obey signs and lights, to speeding and expired licences, we’ve crunched the numbers from Victoria Police and can reveal the most common traffic infringements in Victoria.
Victoria’s most-broken road rules
The most common traffic offence in Victoria is speeding, but not the type you might think.
Between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2021, a total of 430,832 speeding fines were issued in Victoria according to Victoria Police, making it by far the most common traffic offence in the state three years running.
During that period, the most speeding offences were committed during the 2019-2020 financial year, with 155,223 speeding infringements recorded. This is despite the months of March to May being impacted by the COVID-19, ‘stay at home’ restrictions in place.
“RACV would have liked to see the reductions in traffic volumes and less people on the road translate into less trauma but unfortunately that wasn’t the case,” says Elvira Lazar, Policy Lead at RACV. “There’s always some risk behind the wheel and drivers should never become complacent.”
For comparison, 152,679 speeding offences were counted in the 2018-2019 financial year, while 122,930 were recorded in 2020-2021 (a period which included more ‘stay at home’ restrictions).