2 November 2022

More than 100 drivers caught in three days flouting road rules

| Claire Fenwicke
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Canberra’s drivers have again been urged to follow the road rules in light of recent deaths on our roads. Photo: ACT Policing.

Police have busted more than 100 motorists breaking road rules across Canberra in what turned out to be a busy weekend for officers.

Between Friday (28 October) and Sunday (30 October), police detected numerous offences, which included:

  • 28 drivers exceeding the speed limit
  • 27 unregistered motor vehicles, 18 of which weren’t covered by compulsory third-party insurance
  • Three drivers failing to stop at stop signs, including a driver who collided with another vehicle in Reid on Saturday afternoon
  • Three unlicensed drivers
  • Five people drink driving, with three drivers being issued immediate suspension notices
  • Two people drug driving.

A further 39 offences were also identified, which included not displaying P plates and using a mobile phone while driving.

This was among nearly 900 roadside breath tests and almost 70 roadside drug tests across the weekend.

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Additionally, police conducted an operation targeting registration and driver licensing offences on Sunday (30 October) between 2 pm and 3 pm.

They used automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology on Horse Park Drive in Kenny.

During this operation, 10 fines were issued, which included five unregistered and uninsured vehicles, one unregistered vehicle, one unlicensed driver, one driver caught less than 15 km/h over the speed limit and one driver detected going more than 40 km/h when passing an emergency services vehicle with its blue and red lights flashing.

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Officer in Charge of Road Policing Acting Inspector Ken Williams said the weekend’s activities were a timely reminder to the Canberra community.

“While targeted activities such as Operation TORIC are undertaken with a specific focus, police are always targeting driver behaviour,” Acting Inspector Williams said.

“If you speed, if you flout the road rules, if you drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, police are out there, and we will catch you.

“Following 18 deaths on our roads so far this year, I would again implore Canberra drivers to be mindful of their behaviour on our roads. Slow down, drive to the conditions, and be respectful of other road users.”

It was also a reminder for motorists to ensure their vehicles were registered and insured, as the cost of annual registration was less expensive than receiving a fine, along with having to pay for registration when caught.

“Police can and will target unregistered and uninsured vehicles,” Act Insp Williams said.

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Imagine if the AFP conducted these activities regularly. Would soon have the good people of the A.C.T. behaving in a responsible manner on the roads. Except for the idiots of course who think the road rules do not apply to them. Well done Officers.

The Chairman7:44 am 03 Nov 22

I understand the flashing lights reduction in speed and do so accordingly but there are still plenty who don’t and its very dangerous to slow to 40kmph in a 80kmh area. More advertising needs to be done by the Government.

Great job girls and boys 👍

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