A 36-year-old Pearce man was caught driving 78km/h over the speed limit on (Monday 24 December) in what ACT Police has described as an act of stupidity.
The driver was detected travelling at 168km/h in a 90km/h zone on William Hovell Drive, Belconnen. He was issued with a $1,811 fine and lost 12 demerit points which will result in the loss of his license.
Acting Traffic Operations Superintendent Rod Anderson would like to remind the public double demerit points are in effect until Tuesday (1 January 2013) and police are on the road across the ACT enforcing the road rules.
“After all the recent efforts of ACT Policing in relation to road safety it is disappointing to apprehend a motorist travelling 78km/h over the posted speed limit. Speeding is one of the major contributing factors in serious and fatal collisions in Canberra,” Superintendent Rod Anderson said.
“ACT Policing wants a fatality and crash free holiday period and incidents like this have the potential to make the holiday period an unhappy time for a family, after losing a loved one due to excessive speeding and dangerous driving.”
“We want all motorists in Canberra to seriously consider their and others’ safety as they continue to drive around the Territory.”
ACT Policing is currently joining forces with NSW Police Monaro Local Area Command in support of Operation Crossroads, the fourth in an ongoing series of coordinated road safety initiatives to reduce road trauma across Australia and New Zealand.
Operation Crossroads began on Sunday, December 23 and will continue until January 3, 2013.
Double demerits will apply for speeding and seatbelt offences, with an extra point for all other traffic offences. Double demerit points will be effective from Friday, December 21 until midnight January 1, 2013.