24 July 2022

Police target speeding drivers in early morning blitz

| Claire Fenwicke
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A motorcycle rider with an expired learner’s licence was caught going 104 km/h in an 80km/h zone. Photo: ACT Policing.

A speeding driver who said he was “running late for work” in providing an excuse for going 125 km/h in an 80km/h zone was one of many people caught during early morning speed enforcement operations in Canberra this week.

On Tuesday morning (19 July) officers detected a Honda motorcycle going 104 km/h in an 80 km/h zone on the Monaro Highway in Hume.

Checks confirmed the man was riding with an expired learner’s licence and had not reported his change of address to the RTA. He was issued cautions and fines totalling $1,854 and three demerit points.

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In the early hours of Wednesday morning (20 July) officers were patrolling the Barton Highway, Monaro Highway and Isabella Drive where they issued a number of traffic infringement notices (TINs):

  • 6 TINs for speeding between 15 and 30 km/h over the speed limit
  • 1 caution for not being able to produce a driver’s licence
  • 1 caution for driving uninsured
  • 1 TIN for driving an unregistered vehicle
  • 1 TIN for driving unlicensed
  • 1 TIN for failing to notify the RTA for a change in address

A BMW driver going 125 km/h in an 80km/h zone said he was “running late for work”. Photo: ACT Policing.

It was on this day police stopped one driver for going 125 km/h in an 80 km/h zone on the Barton Highway in Crace.

The BMW driver told officers he was “running late for work”. He received a fine of $700 and four demerit points.

Police also conducted seven random breath tests with no drink drivers identified.

Detective Acting Inspector Paul Hutcheson said there was no excuse for speeding or ignoring road rules.

“Drivers can expect to be stopped anywhere and at any time when they are doing the wrong thing on our roads,” he said.

“Speeding remains one of the ‘fatal five’ contributors to serious and fatal road collisions. We urge each and every driver to consider the risk they are placing themselves and other road users at when they speed.”

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