SOUTH Australia's lead-footed road safety minister Tom Koutsantonis has been forced to quit the porfolio over revelations that he had run up more than 30 traffic breaches, including mutliple tickets for speeding and ignoring red lights. After standing firm for a day, Mr Koutsantonis admitted he was quitting the road safety role. "My past transgressions mean I can't go out and do my job properly,'' he said. Mr Koutsantonis was promoted to Cabinet only a month ago and the setback is a big blow to his amibitions to advance into a leadership role in state Labor. An influential figure in the Right faction of the party, he will remain in Cabinet, retaining portfolios of prisons, gambling, youth, volunteers and assisting on multicultural affairs. It is not clear whether the road safety position will be taken over by a new minister promoted from the backbench or redistributed among the present lineup. The latter option is considered more likely. Mr Koutsantonis, 37, said his resignation from the road safety portfolio was his own decision, taken because he no longer felt he could be effective as a safety advocate. "I have listened to the views of South Australian and can see that it's not tenable for me to continue in this role, '' he said today. http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25359145-601,00.html Gotta love some government hyprocicy, while people are getting done for 5 over this bloke is speeding and punching red lights (which is WAY worse than speeding). At least it's caught up with him.