13 June 2023

Man caught more than 60 km/h over speed limit as police left 'disappointed' by drivers over long weekend

| Claire Fenwicke
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Several high-range speeding drivers were detected over the June long weekend. Photo: ACT Policing.

A handful of speeding drivers have left ACT Policing officers “disappointed” as they patrolled the Territory’s roads over the long weekend, including one motorist caught going more than 60 km/h over the speed limit.

Police took part in a targeted campaign over the King’s birthday long weekend, focusing particularly on speeding, seatbelts, mobile phone offences and riding without a helmet.

“Police were happy with the majority of drivers, but these few examples could have had a devastating impact on the community if their decision to speed or drive under the influence had caused a collision,” an ACT Policing statement said.

Officers issued 162 traffic fines for offences detected over the double demerit period from Friday (9 June) to Monday (12 June).

These included an 18-year-old P-plater on a Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle, who was detected going 150 km/h in the 100 km/h zone southbound on the Monaro Highway at about 2:15 pm on Sunday (11 June).

Police said they also saw the rider travel through the Lanyon Drive intersection in the bicycle lane as the traffic lights turned green.

The man was issued two infringements – one for travelling more than 45 km/h over the posted speed limit and another for driving in the bicycle lane – receiving a total of $2148 in fines and 12 demerit points.

On the same day, a 21-year-old man was caught driving a Holden R8 utility at 112 km/h in the 50 km/h zone on Tralee Street in Hume.

He received 12 demerit points, as well as a fine of $1841.

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High-range speeding offences were also detected on the Kings Highway.

These included two drivers on the same Sunday (11 June) – a 28-year-old woman in a Toyota Hilus going 129 km/h in the 80 km/h zone, and a 58-year-old man in a Chevrolet Corvette going 139 km/h in the 100 km/h zone.

The woman copped 12 demerit points and a $1841 fine, while the man was fined $700 and eight demerit points for exceeding the speed limit by more than 30 km/h but not more than 45 km/h.

Separately a 28-year-old Kambah man was caught going 117 km/h in the 80 km/h zone on the Barton Highway at about 11:30 am on Friday (9 June).

He also was fined $700 and received eight demerit points.

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Other offences were also detected on Canberra’s roads during the long weekend, including four drivers under the influence of alcohol out of more than 1,360 random breath tests.

The four drivers have been issued court summons.

One driver was identified as having a prohibited substance in their oral fluid from 46 roadside drug tests.

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How many red light runners did the cops catch over the same period? Oh that’s right, it’s all about speeding.

How many unlicensed bail jumpers did they apprehend?

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