Canberra’s roads were fatality-free over the long weekend but ACT Policing apprehended 11 drink-drivers during the double-demerit Labour Day holiday period.
A total of 94 Traffic Infringement Notices (TINS) were issued over the same period, of which 31 were for speeding offences and 4 for failing to wear a seatbelt (one of these being an improperly restrained child).
The highest speed offence recorded during the double demerit period was 148km/h in an 80km/h zone by a Holden Monaro on the Monaro Highway, between Morshead Drive and Newcastle St in Fyshwick around 9.50pm on Friday, October 1.
The driver, a 24-year-old from NSW, was issued with an $1811 fine. He will lose 12 demerit points and faces an almost certain suspension of his driver’s licence as a result.
Of the 11 drink-drivers, the highest Blood Alcohol Content was 0.207, recorded by a 27-year-old in Reid in the early hours of Saturday morning (October 2). The man, whose driver’s licence was already suspended, will be summonsed to court on a date to be fixed.
Traffic Operations Superintendent Mark Colbran expressed his disappointment with the high number of infringements given that drivers were well warned of the police enforcement activity, and that one Canberra driver had recently died in tragic head-on collision on the Monaro Highway.
“In partnership with ACT Government road safety authorities, ACT Policing will be shifting its enforcement focus for the next month to apprehending speeding offenders. Speeding is a consistent problem on ACT roads, and we will be taking a very strict approach to enforcing the territory’s limits in the month ahead,” Supt Colbran added.