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16 year old doing 160 down Adelaide Avenue

By johnboy - 4 April 2013 8

While most states and territorities struggled through a horror Easter long weekend on the Australia’s roads, the Australian Capital Territory remained fatality-free over the holiday period.

The Operation Crossroads partnership between ACT Policing and NSW Police provided a highly visible police presence on our shared roads, targeting speeding, drink-driving and fatigue.
ACT Traffic Operations Superintendent Kylie Flower said that while she was pleased that no road trauma occurred, police were still disappointed at the high number of driving offences committed.

Over the Easter period, 209 Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) were issued for driving offences in the ACT compared with 119 over the same period last year. Three people provided preliminary drug samples that recorded positive readings. These samples have been sent to the laboratory for further analysis.

On Thursday (March 28) a 16-year-old boy was detected traveling at 160km/h on Adelaide Avenue, an 80km/h zone. He was fined a total of $2251 for speeding and unlicenced driving.
During Operation Crossroads, ACT Policing conducted 2434 breath tests, 17 returned a positive result. During the Easter holiday last year, 2849 tests were conducted with 18 positive results.

On Thursday (March 28), a 51-year-old man was stopped at an RBT station in Woden and returned a positive result. He was conveyed to Woden Police Station where he recorded a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.222.

The repeat drink-driver had his licence immediately suspended, and will be summonsed to the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date.

On Sunday (March 31) morning a 22-year-old Newtown man was detected driving erratically on Girrahween Street, Braddon. He returned a positive road-side breath test and was conveyed to City Police Station.

Whilst there, he refused to provide a sample of his breath for analysis. He has been summonsed to appear in ACT Magistrates Court on April 16. The offence of ‘Refuse to provide a sample of breath for analysis’ carries a maximum punishment of ($3300.00), and/or 6 months imprisonment for a first offender; 12 months imprisonment for a repeat offender.
Superintendent of Traffic Operations Kylie Flower was disappointed with the results.

“We made no secret about our intention to provide a highly visible presence on Canberra roads over the long weekend,” Superintendent Flower said.

“Four people have lost their lives already this year on our roads. It’s disturbing that some people are still choosing to put people’s lives in danger by driving dangerously.”

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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16 year old doing 160 down Adelaide Avenue
gooterz 4:34 pm 07 Apr 13

BimboGeek said :

Stevian said :

Surely a $3000 fine would be a sufficient disincentive.

What good is a disincentive when the naughty has already been done?

What good is a $3000 fine if it is so difficult to pay that the young man decides to help move a few hot laptops or sell a few pills?

Never underestimate the law of unintended consequences. This is why social science is an actual thing.

Mum will probably pay it and the tosser will keep driving unlicensed.

How many Mullies does Canberra breed and release on the world.

BimboGeek 12:42 am 05 Apr 13

Stevian said :

Surely a $3000 fine would be a sufficient disincentive.

What good is a disincentive when the naughty has already been done?

What good is a $3000 fine if it is so difficult to pay that the young man decides to help move a few hot laptops or sell a few pills?

Never underestimate the law of unintended consequences. This is why social science is an actual thing.

poetix 4:42 pm 04 Apr 13

Coming back from the coast on Monday it was so crowded that speeding wasn’t really an issue. Boredom was acute, though, as the last 15km or so into Braidwood took about 20 minutes.

Stevian 3:35 pm 04 Apr 13

p1 said :

I saw (that is, I actually recall seeing) one police vehicle on the long weekend. A very nice unmarked Holden ute in a dark maroon colour. It had pulled over a young man and his attractive (and unimpressed looking) pillion.

Re: the sixteen year old – is the fine all that happens in this instance? Cause it seems to me, at that age a $3000 fine is probably not what the idiot needs, but rather some sort of diversionary program to encourage him away from a life of Mullyishness.

Surely a $3000 fine would be a sufficient disincentive, unless he was totally irredeemable.

MrPC 3:25 pm 04 Apr 13

The only experience I had with the supposed high police presence over the long weekend (when I drove from Queanbeyan to Forbes and back) was a breath test on Friday around 1pm at Murrumbateman. There were also breath tests in the other direction at both Cowra and in Forbes later that afternoon.

I saw next to no police activity at all on Easter Sunday on the way back. It always seems smarter to head back a day before everyone else does. Fewer morons, and it’s nice to have a day to relax after a stressful long drive.

Thumper 3:11 pm 04 Apr 13

tim_c said :

“We made no secret about our intention to provide a highly visible presence on Canberra roads over the long weekend,” Superintendent Flower said.

Really?! It might have been your intention but I didn’t see a single Police vehicle anywhere over the long weekend.

I did, hiding in the bushes along Belconnen Way.

p1 3:08 pm 04 Apr 13

I saw (that is, I actually recall seeing) one police vehicle on the long weekend. A very nice unmarked Holden ute in a dark maroon colour. It had pulled over a young man and his attractive (and unimpressed looking) pillion.

Re: the sixteen year old – is the fine all that happens in this instance? Cause it seems to me, at that age a $3000 fine is probably not what the idiot needs, but rather some sort of diversionary program to encourage him away from a life of Mullyishness.

tim_c 2:55 pm 04 Apr 13

“We made no secret about our intention to provide a highly visible presence on Canberra roads over the long weekend,” Superintendent Flower said.

Really?! It might have been your intention but I didn’t see a single Police vehicle anywhere over the long weekend.

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