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Operation Crossroads

By johnboy - 21 December 2012 26

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ACT Policing will join forces with NSW Police Monaro Local Area Command in support of Operation Crossroads this holiday season, the fourth in an ongoing series of coordinated road safety initiatives to reduce road trauma across Australia and New Zealand.

The efforts by ACT Policing and the Monaro Command will mirror those of police throughout Australia in a national road safety campaign against dangerous driving coordinated by the national police agency, ANZPAA (Australia New Zealand Police Advisory Agency).

ACT Policing in co-operation with NSW Police will conduct high-visibility patrols on major arterial roads in and out of Canberra over the holiday season as part of Operation Crossroads.

With large numbers of motorists travelling in and out of Canberra over the holiday season, drivers are reminded to obey speed limits, take regular breaks and be patient and alert when driving in heavy traffic conditions.

Acting Traffic Operations Superintendent Rod Anderson said the holiday season was a time to be enjoyed with family and friends, not spent in the back of an ambulance or a police vehicle.

“We want all road users and motorists in particular to modify and moderate their behaviour so that everyone travels safely over the holiday season,” Sergeant Anderson said.

“Operation Crossroads is part of the police response to helping eliminate the loss of lives on our roads over holiday periods. During the Christmas and New Year holiday season police will put extra focus on drunk/drug driving, speeding, traffic infringements and licence offences.”

The widespread use of random breath testing and roadside drug-testing, as well as laser detection of speeding drivers, and close attention to unsafe or inattentive driving will form part of ACT Policing’s road safety strategy during Operation Crossroads.

Operation Crossroads begins on Sunday, December 23 and will continue until January 3, 2013.

Double demerits will apply for speeding and seatbelt offences, with an extra point for all other traffic offences. Double demerit points will be effective from the first instance today (Friday, December 21) until midnight January 1, 2013.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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mddawson 11:17 pm 26 Dec 12

buzz819 said :

Sorry to hear your passing, but then also sorry to hear it being turned into an anti-Police rant about RBT…

Thanks for your concern but I wasn’t making an “anti-Police rant about RBT” it is just about common courtesy to first explain why you have been pulled over. The officers attitude and manner promoted a conflict situation and he should not assume that someone driving in the early hours of the morning is up to no good, there are many legitimate reasons to be out at that hour. It should be noted that my brother was a Policeman some years ago and was equally digusted by this officer attitude.

JC 9:04 am 26 Dec 12

screaming banshee said :

Driving around today with cars speeding past me everywhere I went, I was looking forward to the opportunity to pull over and thank some officers for their efforts but alas there were none to be seen.

Maybe you weren’t looking hard enough. Saw about 3 yesterday on my drive from Belconnen to Jerra and back, including an unmarked silver bombadore that pulled over a car that overtook me at break neck speed at the start of the 60km/h section of Belconnen Way. The others were a marked car on the Monaro Highway and near Russell in the evening, with the Russell copper having a customer pulled over.

buzz819 10:21 pm 25 Dec 12

mddawson said :

Does this “operation” include stopping people who are not breaking the law? Early this morning (4am) my wife and I were returning home from Canberra Hospital where my mother-in-law had just passed away. I was obeying the speed limits and all traffic laws on my way home and was pulled over by two police cars after they tailed me for around 5km.

The policeman comes over to my car and says “Where are you going?”
I reply “Home”
PM: “Where have you been?”
Me: “The hospital were my wifes mother has just died”
PM: “Goodnight then” (or something to that effect)
So I asked him “Had I done something wrong?”
PM: “No”
Me: “Why was I pulled over?”
PM: “We are doing random breath tests.”
I am thinking “Do you really need two cars for that?”

For courtesy sake the policemean should have told me I had done nothing wrong and it was a random breath test at the start, not be forced to give a reason why he was stopping a lawful citizen on their way home.

Sorry to hear your passing, but then also sorry to hear it being turned into an anti-Police rant about RBT…

bigred 8:00 pm 25 Dec 12

Mddawson, I am sorry to hear your family has to deal with the loss of a loved one at this time of year. Lots of emotions pass through one after such an event, and you should feel a sense of relief that these coppers were keeping an eye out for your well-being.

screaming banshee 7:17 pm 25 Dec 12

Driving around today with cars speeding past me everywhere I went, I was looking forward to the opportunity to pull over and thank some officers for their efforts but alas there were none to be seen.

Tooks 5:13 pm 25 Dec 12

mddawson said :

Does this “operation” include stopping people who are not breaking the law? Early this morning (4am) my wife and I were returning home from Canberra Hospital where my mother-in-law had just passed away. I was obeying the speed limits and all traffic laws on my way home and was pulled over by two police cars after they tailed me for around 5km.

The policeman comes over to my car and says “Where are you going?”
I reply “Home”
PM: “Where have you been?”
Me: “The hospital were my wifes mother has just died”
PM: “Goodnight then” (or something to that effect)
So I asked him “Had I done something wrong?”
PM: “No”
Me: “Why was I pulled over?”
PM: “We are doing random breath tests.”
I am thinking “Do you really need two cars for that?”

For courtesy sake the policemean should have told me I had done nothing wrong and it was a random breath test at the start, not be forced to give a reason why he was stopping a lawful citizen on their way home.

Does this “operation” include stopping people who are not breaking the law?

That’s everyday policing and what I’d expect them to be doing to any car driving around at that time of morning (they probably weren’t psychic and didn’t know you had just been to the hospital by looking at the rear of your car).

They can pull you over any time they want for RBT, or to check your licence, or to do a check of your car. It’s happened to me many times. By your reasoning, a criminal driving around at 4am need only obey the road rules (with a boot load of stolen gear) and he has no fear of being pulled over.

I’m a law abiding citizen as well and I’ve never been pulled over for breaking a road rule. My day has never been ruined by one of these two minute traffic stops.

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