ACT Policing have issued a statement expressing concern at “alarming driver behaviour so far in 2017” saying the number of drivers caught doing the wrong thing so far was “beyond comprehension”, and citing examples including the discovery of a driver on the road with a child under the age of four unrestrained.
“ACT Policing is disappointed with the disregard shown on our roads already this year,” the statement reads.
“The first 11 days of 2017 has seen ACT Policing’s Traffic Operations Team issue more than 480 Traffic Infringement Notices and Cautions, with several of these being for high range speeding.
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“One driver was caught travelling 98km/h over the posted speed limit, driving at 178km/h on Belconnen Way in Macquarie.
“Further high range speeding infringements included;
151km/h in a 90km/h zone
99km/h in a 60km/h zone
135km/h in a 80km/h zone
126km/h in a 60km/h zone
99km/h in a 40km/h zone”
According to the statement, Acting Officer in Charge of Traffic, Station Sergeant Ken Hedges said this behaviour was not good enough.
“These high range speeders all local Canberra drivers putting themselves and members of their own community at risk,” he said.
“They show a complete disregard for the road rules and take zero responsibility for road safety.”
ACT Policing officers have also issued infringements including but not limited to driving while uninsured, driving while using a mobile phone, illegal U-turns, negligent driving and driving with a child under 4-years-old unrestrained.
“This type of behaviour is reckless as it can have such disastrous consequences. Think of your own friends and family and how you feel about putting them at risk,” Station Sergeant Hedges said.