Police disappointed with driver behaviour during Summernats weekend

Michael Weaver 8 January 2020
Police car

More than 80 drivers were caught speeding, including four who were detected driving more than 45 km/h above the signposted speed limit. Photo: File.

ACT Policing says the behaviour of patrons attending Summernats placed Canberra road users and first response personnel at significant risk during the four days of the event.

“We are disappointed with the overall behaviour of drivers across this year’s Summernats weekend,” an ACT Policing spokesperson said.

During the four days of the event, ACT Policing conducted high visibility patrols and responded to multiple incidents of burnouts, dangerous driving, drink driving and general anti-social behaviour.

“Friday night’s public order incident at Sutton, NSW saw ACT Policing resources diverted from normal policing and bushfire operations to deal with a group of people who showed no respect to the community that hosts them each year,” the ACT Policing spokesperson said.

Across the weekend, police issued more than 180 traffic infringement notices for a range of offences.

More than 80 drivers were caught speeding, including four who were detected driving more than 45 km/h above the signposted speed limit.

One NSW driver lost his vehicle for 90 days after he performed a burnout in front of police in Braddon on Thursday night.

Police also conducted more than 1300 roadside breath screenings, with four of those returning a positive reading for alcohol.

Inside the event, police said they were generally pleased with crowd behaviour. Across the four days, they responded to two incidents of assault and one disturbance.


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