Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Former Minister for Police; Road Safety

    Two weeks to get rid of radar detectors before new penalties take effect

    30/09/2020 8:30 AM
    • Heavy penalties for drivers of vehicles fitted with radar detectors begin October 12
    • New laws bring WA in line with the rest of Australia
    • New penalties could result in a loss of licence during double demerit periods 

    Western Australian drivers are being given notice to remove radar detectors from their vehicles before October 12 or face tough penalties.


    From that date, any device capable of detecting speed measuring devices gazetted for use by the WA Police Force will be banned.


    Drivers caught with a radar detector fitted to their car or other light vehicle - operational or not - will be issued with a $1,200 on the spot infringement and seven demerit points.


    Drivers of a truck or other heavy vehicle will receive a $1,500 infringement and seven demerit points.


    On a double demerit point long weekend, this would result in a loss of licence.


    Speed remains the single biggest factor in death and serious injury crashes on WA roads, and the Government has introduced the new laws to make the roads safer for everyone.


    It will finally bring WA into line with all other jurisdictions around the country, the last of which banned radar detectors two decades ago.


    It follows the McGowan Government's banning of laser jammers and electronic scramblers, which carry the same infringement penalties.


    Comments attributed to Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts:


    "It's taken Western Australia 20 years to catch up with the rest of the country, but I'm pleased we have at long last been able to ban radar detectors.


    "We are deliberately giving people plenty of warning before these new penalties come into effect.


    "If you've got one of these devices on your vehicle, then get rid of it.


    "For years the Liberals ignored this important area of road safety policy, designed to save lives.


    "These devices have always been about enabling people to speed without being caught and I'm really glad this Government is putting a stop to it."


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