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139 drivers nabbed in long weekend take 1

By johnboy 2 October 2013 23

ACT Policing issued 97 Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) and 42 cautions over the ACT Family and Community day long weekend (28 to 30 September) despite drivers being put on notice about increased highway patrols.

Traffic Operations identified 75 speeding offences during this period; including one driver caught driving 60km/h over the speed limit.

On Saturday, a 19-year-old Belconnen man was caught driving on Caswell Drive, Aranda, at 120km/h in a 60km/h zone. The male was issued with a Traffic Infringement Notice (TIN) for $1,811 and the loss of six demerit points.

Acting Superintendent Traffic Operations Sergeant Rod Anderson said the ACT Family and Community Day long weekend results showed some drivers still aren’t getting the message about road safety.

“The results show that some drivers are still taking risks on Canberra roads and it’s just lucky there were no major traffic incidents over the weekend.”

“With the Labour Day long weekend coming up, we’re appealing to drivers to consider the consequences of unsafe driving, such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding and not wearing a seatbelt,” Acting Superintendent Anderson said.

Double demerits will apply for speeding and seatbelt offences, with an extra point for all other traffic offences over the Labour Day long weekend from midnight on (Friday, October 4) to midnight (Monday, October 7) inclusive.

The ACT road toll for 2013 currently sits at six.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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bigred 9:16 am 07 Oct 13

Notice NSW and Vic plods have been having a good look at Cootes transport over the last few days. Seeing these cowboys delive a lot of our fuel, why on earth haven’t local plod at least put out a media release on the subject?

spades 11:02 pm 06 Oct 13

Mysteryman said :

staminaman62 said :

120 km/h in a 60 km/h zone. shouldn’t that result in an immediate suspension of license?

No. Familiarise yourself with the road rules and penalties.

I understand that we are in Canberra but in NSW speeding over 45kph is an automatic suspension of your license.

I disagree that there needs to be a second chance for this bloke. Not minding the speedo and later realising you’re above the speed limit is one thing, but 60 over the limit? There is clearly an intention to speed excessively. This is not a mistake.

Also, speedo’s display speeds slightly faster than they are, so if the cops clocked him at 120, he was likely doing 125-130.

wildturkeycanoe 4:36 pm 06 Oct 13

75 people were caught on the long weekend for speeding. How many didn’t get caught then? Obviously if speeding was such a high risk issue, there would be people dying on our roads every day, the long weekend should have claimed numerous fatalities alone. If so many drivers are doing it without causing deaths, why is it such a priority to stop it from happening? I mean honestly, if speed has caused so many deaths on our roads, why not show us some figures/stats to prove it rather than going on the same old rant. It’s just getting old…

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