Drunk, speeding driver with unrestrained baby on board among long weekend infringements

Lachlan Roberts 2 October 2018

A high, drunk, unlicensed driver who was caught speeding in Kambah with an unrestrained baby on board was among 144 infringements issued by ACT Policing over the Canberra long weekend.

During the double demerit period, police issued infringements for offences including speeding, drink driving, overtaking a bicycle rider too closely, using a mobile phone while driving and not wearing a seatbelt.

On Sunday night (30 September), a 38-year-old unlicensed male driver was caught driving with a two-month-old infant on his passenger’s lap on Boddington Crescent, Kambah.

At the time he was travelling at 78km/h in the 60km/h zone. The man also blew almost three times over the legal alcohol limit and tested positive for cannabis and methylamphetamine. He will be summonsed to appear before the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date.

That same night a 30-year-old man was caught speeding at 175km/h in the 90km/h zone on Caswell Drive, Aranda and a 29-year-old male P-plater was caught travelling at 152km/h in the 80km/h zone on Coulter Drive, Hawker.

It was costly for both drivers who were each fined $1841 and lost 12 demerit points.

The spate of unruly driving continued to Monday (1 October) when a drunk driver wiped out a set of traffic lights, crashed into two cars and nearly entered the shopfront of a nearby restaurant at a busy Braddon intersection. The man will be summonsed to appear before the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date.

Acting Station Sergeant David Wills thanked the majority of motorists for their responsible driving over the long weekend and urged all drivers to continue to drive safely during the school holiday period.

“While most motorists did the right thing, it is very concerning that some did not,” he said. “Their actions were incredibly dangerous to themselves and the community.”

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