Speed limits on South Australian beaches are now in effect.
From today, 1 December 2023, the default speed limit on South Australian beaches is 40km/h and 25km/h within 50 metres of a pedestrian, unless otherwise signposted.
Changes to the Road Traffic Act 1961 have come into effect after a six-week education campaign.
Demerit points and fines of up to $5,000 apply for drivers speeding on any of the state’s drive-on beaches.
Beaches in South Australia are considered ‘road related areas’, which means where there are no limits signed, a default speed limit of 100km/h applies.
Last year the State Government reduced the speed limit for drivers on Goolwa Beach following a campaign from Alexandrina Council and local campaigners concerned about safety for people and animals, including the Hooded Plover species.
A State Government review of speed limits on beaches was conducted earlier this year and found 80 per cent of South Australians were in favor of a speed limit reduction.
The Speed Limits on South Australians Beaches Community Engagement Outcomes Report can be viewed at https://yoursay.sa.gov.au/speed-limits-on-beaches/news_feed/consultation-report.