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Crackdown on Adelaide Hills speeding

Police have asked “how many people need to die” before drivers and motorcyclists stop recklessly risking their lives on roads in the Adelaide Hills.

Nineteen lives have been lost in the hills so far this year with six of them motorcyclists.

Superintendent Bob Gray said speeding in the hills was a perilous issue and drivers and riders were recklessly risking their lives and the lives of others with irresponsible behaviour.

“The statistics are absolutely staggering,” Supt Gray said.

“How many people need to die or sustain life-changing injuries before drivers and riders start to change their attitudes and their behaviour?”

Police said over the past month, 2523 drivers or riders had been caught speeding in the hills, including 45 doing 30-44 km/h over the limit and 10 over by an alarming 45 km/h or more.

A program to cut speeding, Operation Safe Hills, will run until the end of April next year, particularly targeting those times when recreational motorcyclists are drawn to the region.

Supt Gray said police would be on high alert for drivers and riders flouting speed limits and would take a no-tolerance approach to those refusing to do the right thing.

“Those who get caught and fined are the lucky ones,” he said.

“If an expiation makes a driver or rider think twice about speeding next time they’re out, this could literally save their life or the life of another innocent motorist in their path.”

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