Long weekend drivers caught speeding, drink driving

OVER 60 drivers were slapped with fines this Australia Day long weekend after a police blitz on speeding and drink driving. Police-afp-cops-9720-400x266

ACT Police issued 60 Traffic Infringement Notices and 33 cautions over the weekend, while traffic operations identified 31 speeding offences during the period.

Among the incidents was an 18 year old provisional driver who was caught travelling on the Monaro Highway at 151km/h in a 100km/h zone. The man was issued with an $1,811 fine and the loss of 12 demerit points with double demerits in place.

Another two provisional drivers were also caught exceeding the speed limit, including an 18-year-old Scullin man travelling on William Hovell Drive at 122km/h in an 80km/h zone and an 18-year-old Wanniassa man detected travelling 122km/h in an 80km/h zone on Yarra Glen, Curtin. Both drivers received a TIN for $664 and the loss of eight demerit points.

Police also conducted 2,330 roadside breath screening tests over the long weekend period with 21 drivers taken into custody for exceeding their relevant prescribed concentration of alcohol.

The highest reading was 0.209 – over four times the legal limit – from a breath sample taken from a Gungahlin male driver who was involved in a collision on Hibberson Street, Gungahlin around 11.40pm on Sunday.

Traffic Operations, Acting Station Sergeant Tracey Duck said the Australia Day long weekend results showed some drivers still aren’t getting the message about road safety.

“The results show that some drivers are still taking risks on Canberra roads and it’s just lucky there were no major traffic incidents over the weekend,” Station Sergeant Duck said.

“The combination of these drivers’ excessive speeds and driver inexperience, can place their own lives and the life of every other Canberra road user in danger.”

“Thankfully we had a fatality-free long weekend, but we need all road users to continue to help keep our roads safe by driving responsibly.”

The ACT road toll currently sits at zero.


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