The road toll for the ACT remains at zero after the Easter long weekend with 18 people apprehended for drink driving as part of Operation Crossroads.
Officer-in-Charge of Traffic Operations, Sergeant Rod Anderson, said that while the ACT remained fatality free, police issued 119 Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) for a number of offences including speeding and dangerous driving.
About 12.15am on Friday April 6, a 48-year-old Gordon woman was stopped by police on Sidney Nolan St, Conder, after leaving the Lanyon Vikings Club. She told police that she had driven to the club to pick up two friends who were too intoxicated to drive home.
The woman returned a positive roadside screening test and was taken to the Tuggeranong Police Station where she recorded a reading of 0.246. She will be summonsed to the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date.
About 10.45 pm on Friday April 6, police were conducting mobile patrols in Gungahlin when they stopped a red Holden Jackaroo on Gribble Street. As police approached the car a woman was seen to leave the front passenger door and swap places with the driver.
The driver, a 53-year-old man from Waterloo in NSW, returned an alcohol content (AC) of 0.227 at Gungahlin Police Station. The man holds a NSW Learners licence, making the woman, a full licence holder, his driver trainer. Both will be summonsed to court for separate offences.
The highest speed recorded was on William Hovell Drive where a motorist was caught travelling 137km/h in a 90km/h zone.
“We worked closely with NSW Police as part of Operation Crossroads to target dangerous driving on our collective roads and we are generally pleased with how motorists behaved over the holiday weekend,” Sergeant Anderson said.
“However, of concern was the number of ACT drivers caught by NSW Police for dangerous driving behaviours and speeding along the roads leading out of the ACT, such as the Kings and Hume Highways and Barton Highway towards Yass.”
Operation Crossroads ran from Thursday, April 5 to Monday, April 9. Police conducted 2849 breath tests during this time with 18 people returning positive results.