For the months of August and September, ACT Policing will be targeting the use of mobile telephones while driving as part of its road safety campaign.
Research shows that driver distraction is a significant contributing factor in serious motor vehicle collisions. Throughout the next two months, all ACT Policing members will be actively looking for road users that are using their mobile telephone while driving without the correct mounting device in their vehicle.
ACT Policing has recently finished its traffic enforcement speeding campaign for June and July. During the campaign police issued 1,826 traffic infringement notices and cautions, a large number of which were ‘high speed’ traffic offences.
Twenty-six people were caught driving at very high-speeds with the highest recorded speed of 171km/h in an 80km/h zone committed by a 28-year-old man.
Over the past weekend (July 30-31) 15 drink drivers were apprehended, with a further nine motorists caught drink driving on Friday.
Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations, Sergeant Jeff Knight said that despite ACT Policing making steps forward in relation to road safety, these recent results are still very disappointing.
“To see traffic offences of this nature continuously being committed goes against the principles of road safety. Just like speed and driver distraction, driving while intoxicated can also play a significant part in a serious collision,” Sergeant Knight said.
“We don’t want to see officers knocking on the doors of family members and having to tell them that a loved-one has been killed in a collision that could have been avoided,” Sergeant Knight added.