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P-Plater carnage!

Posted By johnboy On 8 January 2011 @ 7:08 pm In Law & Justice,News,Transport | 15 Comments

These in from ACT Policing:

1. P-Plater rams police! [1]

ACT policing has arrested and charged a 23-year-old Chisholm man after he rammed his vehicle into the side of a police car earlier this morning (Saturday, January 8).

About 1.20am this morning police responded to an incident after being flagged down by a motorist on Hindmarsh Drive. The motorist told police his car had been involved in a incident with a green station wagon. A short time later police saw a green Ford Falcon station wagon travelling along Hindmarsh Drive.

Police located the station wagon in Mawson and stopped behind it with red and blue lights flashing. As both police officers approached the vehicle, the driver reversed quickly towards one of them, narrowly missing the officer. The driver continued reversing his vehicle until it impacted with the side of the police vehicle. The driver then accelerated away from the scene.

The Ford station wagon was located on the Tuggeranong Parkway where the vehicle was stopped by police. The male driver underwent a roadside screening test which provided a positive result. He was taken to the Woden Police Station where he returned a reading of 0.117 grams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. As a special driver he was subject to a .000 limit and his licence was suspended on the spot.

The male was charged with drink driving as well as a number of other offences. He was given police bail and will be required to attend the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date.

2. P-Plater rams tree! [2]

A 19-year-old P-plate driver from Ainslie has escaped serious injury after the vehicle he was driving collided with a tree in Bruce on Friday morning (December 7).

About 3.40am on Friday morning police responded to several reports of a motor vehicle collision in Thynne St Bruce. Police attended the area and located a Holden Commodore utility which had sustained major damage, however no one was located in the vehicle.

Following police inquiries, police attended an address in Bruce where they found the 19-year-old male driver. Police performed a screening test which returned a positive result.

The man was taken to Belconnen Police Station where he returned a reading of 0.165 grams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. As he holds a provisional ACT licence, he is classed as a special driver and is therefore subject to a 0.00 blood alcohol limit.

The man’s licence was immediately suspended for a period of 90 days and he was required to surrender his licence to police.

He will be summonsed to appear at the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date.

This was not a Summernats related incident.

3. P-Platers burn up the GDE! [3]

Two P-plate drivers were each fined $1811 and lost six demerit points after they were caught speeding last night (Friday January 7).

About 11pm on Friday evening, police stopped two vehicles travelling along Gungahlin Drive after the vehicles were detected travelling at a speed of 150km/h in an 80km/h zone.

The two drivers, a 17-year-old male from Higgins and an 18-year-old male from Amaroo, are ACT provisional licence holders.

Traffic Operation Superintendent Mark Colbran said the fact both drivers were travelling at such a high speed and have limited driving experience, the potential for a dreadful outcome was very real.

“The combination of these drivers’ excessive speeds and driver inexperience means they are much more likely to be involved in a serious or fatal collision,” he said.

Police would like to remind motorists that police will be out if force this weekend so if you choose to do the wrong thing on ACT roads expect to get caught.


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URLs in this post:

[1] P-Plater rams police!: http://www.police.act.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/act/2011/january/drink-driving-p-plater-rams-police-vehicle.aspx

[2] P-Plater rams tree!: http://www.police.act.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/act/2011/january/drink-driving-p-plater-escapes-serious-injury.aspx

[3] P-Platers burn up the GDE!: http://www.police.act.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/act/2011/january/Two%20P-platers%20caught%20speeding%20on%20Gungahlin%20Drive.aspx

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