30 May 2024

'Beyond disappointing': 61 infringement notices given to drivers in just one morning

| Albert McKnight
police car

Police issued 61 infringement notices to road users on Wednesday morning. Photo: Claire Fenwicke.

Police have blasted the behaviour of some drivers as ” beyond disappointing” after handing out more than 60 infringement notices over the course of a single morning.

ACT Policing said officers conducted enforcement activities focusing on the Territory’s arterial road network on Wednesday morning (29 May).

This operation resulted in police issuing 61 infringement notices for speeding, operating unregistered and uninsured vehicles, using mobile devices while driving, and intersection offences.

Also, a 26-year-old female driver from Weston allegedly returned a positive breath analysis result of 0.178, which is more than three-and-a-half times the legal limit.

The woman was issued an immediate suspension notice, suspending her ACT drivers licence for 90 days, and was told to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court on a charge of drink driving at a later date.

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ACT Road Policing Sergeant Travis Mills said police will continue to target poor driver behaviour on the roads.

“Some of the behaviour observed during this operation is beyond disappointing, particularly the woman caught drink driving,” he said.

“It is truly shocking for someone to be that intoxicated and think they’re in a fit state to operate a motor vehicle on a public road.

“With five lives tragically lost on ACT roads already this year – including one in the past week – we want to see everyone getting to where they’re going safely and legally, and the way we do that is by following the road rules, obeying speed limits, driving to the road conditions, and not driving under the influence.”

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He was referring to the fifth road fatality for 2024, which was sadly recorded on the weekend.

There had been a collision between a motorcycle and a red Mitsubishi near the intersection between Sulwood and Athllon Drives on 23 May.

The motorcycle rider, a 55-year-old man from Torrens, was taken to hospital but died from his injuries on 25 May.

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