Thousands nabbed on roads

Thousands nabbed on roads

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More than 800,000 plates have been read by RAPID resulting in 4858 drivers booked. Photo by Eliza Shields

ACT Police’s RAPID system has read more than 800,000 plates in the past year, catching 4858 people doing the wrong thing on the roads.

Over the past financial year, RAPID – Recognition and Analysis of Plates IDentified – has identified 1772 unregistered cars, 780 cars without compulsory third-party insurance and 474 unlicensed drivers, 57 disqualified and 148 suspended. In co-operation with RTA inspectors, RAPID found 1213 defective cars. As a result of the year’s work, a total of 4858 drivers were booked.

Officer in charge of traffic operations, Sgt Jeff Knight said RAPID had proved itself as a first-rate asset to ACT road safety by identifying drivers who pose the greatest risk to others. He also said collisions with injury had also fallen markedly over the same period.

“Comparing the financial year 2009-10 with the 12 months just concluded, collisions with injury have fallen by eight per cent,” Sergeant Knight said.

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