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The Christmas present none of us want this year is to be caught by a speed camera leading to fines, points on our driving licences or sitting through the dreaded speed awareness course.
But residents of Adelaide can hope to swerve this unwanted festive gift thanks to one absolute hero, who is giving motorists a heads up on an upcoming speed camera.
An image was to Instagram, showing an unnamed man brandishing a sign at Mawson Lakes, in North Adelaide, that read 'MOBILE SPEED CAMERA AHEAD'.
Giving drivers enough time to react, the advance warning can save Australian drivers a minimum of AUD $177 (£94 / US $122)and one point on their licence - with the maximum penalty reaching AUD $1,245 (£666 / US $860) and a 6-month suspension from driving.
Those in favour of the warning have praised the helper as a 'hero', with comments on social media including: "This man deserves man of the year award."
Another person said: "Guy deserves a beer! Especially being out in the heat."
But not everyone is a fan of the advance warnings from the unnamed bystander.
One unimpressed person wrote: "Why can't people just do the speed limit? It could be the difference between you spending Christmas with your family or in a wooden box."
And another added: "Why do people celebrate this. Don't use your phone while driving maybe... then you wouldn't need this warning."
With deaths on the road higher than the previous year, catching speeding drivers has been a key priority for the South Australia Police. They launched their new initiative last week to change the language around how the road toll is discussed, replacing the term with 'lives lost'.
Superintendent Bob Gray said: "The use of 'lives lost' better represents the individuals who have died on our roads, and shows that these were real lives rather than just a number."
Police Minister Corey Wingard labelled the statistics on South Australian roads this year as 'particularly shocking'.
He said: "As we head into the holiday period, I want to issue a personal plea to South Australia: Please stay safe, don't make stupid choices, don't rush and don't become distracted. Think about the people you'll leave behind."
Words: Niamh Spence
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