Eight unregistered cars, two unlicensed drivers and three suspended drivers were among those detected by ACT Policing’s RAPID automated number plate recognition system during a two-hour operation in Belconnen this morning.
ACTP Traffic Operations conducted the RAPID (Recognition and Analysis of Plates IDentified) operation in cooperation with the ACT Roads and Traffic Authority from around 6.45am today.
The RTA identified 6 defective vehicles, two of which had tyres in such poor and unroadworthy condition that the vehicles were required to be towed away.
Traffic Operations issued 24 Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) in total during the operation and issued two summons notices; one for driving whilst disqualified and another for driving whilst suspended. One driver was detected speeding at 128km/h in an 80km/h zone. Four drivers were issued with TINs for failing to pay their compulsory third party insurance.
Two motorcyclists were issued with TINs for riding in the dedicated cycle lane on the Gungahlin Drive.
The head of the ACTP RAPID team, Sergeant Andrew Warry, said that a complacent attitude clearly had developed among regular peak hour drivers that they and their vehicles may not be subjected to the same police scrutiny as those driving at other times.
“While we acknowledge that some drivers travelling into Canberra this morning on the Gungahlin Drive may have experienced some delays, this was a minor inconvenience compared to the significant hazard posed to them by others around them who drive without a licence or without CTP insurance, or drive a car on completely bald tyres,” Sgt Warry said.
“Canberra motorists need to know that enforcement activities may be conducted by police on our major arterial roads at any time of the night and day, and the RAPID team will soon be expanding its presence significantly across the ACT. If you break the law on our roads, you will be caught.”