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Police Wrap – 19 August 2010

By johnboy - 19 August 2010 27

1. 207 drivers busted doing what everyone does:

A targeted campaign by ACT Policing which began two weeks ago has resulted in 207 motorists being issued with Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) for using their handheld mobile phones while driving.

The campaign, which began on August 1, has been conducted in cooperation with the ACT government’s road safety office as the first in a series of targeted programs to address high-risk driving behaviours. The current mobile phone program will continue for another six weeks.

The whole-of-government approach is supported through law enforcement, advertising, community messaging, and public relations.

ACT Policing began its “zero tolerance” enforcement campaign against hand-held mobile phones on August 1. The 207 TINs were issued between August 1-15.

Supporting this campaign, Variable Message Boards have been placed at strategic locations around Canberra warning of the risks of using handheld mobile phones.

Support for the campaign extends through to the senior executive levels of ACT Policing. Shortly after the campaign began, Deputy Chief Police Officer Bruce Hill was among the first to perform a traffic stop on a driver using a handheld mobile phone. CPO Roman Quaedvlieg recently also issued a TIN for the offence.

Traffic Operations Superintendent Mark Colbran said that the Canberra public had been well warned of the intensified enforcement campaign.

“Drivers caught using a handheld mobile phone while driving will be fined $271 and lose three demerit points,” Supt Colbran said.

“If you must take that call, then alternatives such as a portable hands-free Bluetooth kit are a cheaper alternative than receiving a Traffic Infringement Notice. With the ACT road toll now already so high, the key focus for police with this campaign is saving lives on the road by reducing this risk-taking behaviour.”

2. Bad girls on East Row:

ACT Policing has charged two teenage girls, one aged 15 and the other 16, following an aggravated robbery in the City overnight.

Police will allege about 9pm last night (Wednesday August 18), a 19-year-old female was leaving the IGA on East Row, Canberra City, when she was approached by the two youths. They demanded cash from the victim and grabbed her purse. A short altercation occurred, resulting in the victim being pushed to the ground by the alleged offenders, before they fled the scene.

A short time later police attended the scene, and observed the two alleged offenders running along Akuna Street before boarding a bus. Police conducted a traffic stop on the bus, and apprehended the two girls.

They will face the ACT Children’s Court this morning charged with aggravated robbery. The 16-year-old south-side female is also charged with breach of bail.

3. The pride of Florey:

ACT Policing yesterday (Wednesday, August 18) arrested a 24-year-old Florey man and charged him over Saturday’s (August 14) aggravated robbery of the Video Ezy store in Wanganeen Avenue, Ngunnawal.

Acting on information received, police yesterday attended a residence in John Cleland Crescent, Florey around 12.20pm, where the alleged offender was located and arrested without incident.

A search warrant was later executed on the same premises when police located and seized a small amount of drug material suspected to be heroin, and a Taser-type device.
Two stolen Hyundai Excels were located in the carpark of the same unit complex and investigations are continuing as to whether these are linked to the alleged offender.

The man will appear in the ACT Magistrates Court later today charged with a breach of bail and aggravated robbery.

Police are still seeking the maroon Honda CRV with ACT registration which was used during the robbery of the video store on Saturday. Anyone who may have seen this vehicle or can provide any information in relation to it are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the website at www.crimestoppers.act.com.au.

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Police Wrap – 19 August 2010
Very Busy 8:53 pm 19 Aug 10

Only 207!! That’s only 14 per day. I would see double that number each day just by myself. Seriously, this is an indication of the lack of enforcement of ACT road rules. 14 TIN’s per day is not even close to what should be achieved every day, let alone during a “targeted campaign”.

Absolutely pathetic.

Woody Mann-Caruso 6:32 pm 19 Aug 10

I’d like to see those study results

I bet you really don’t, because they’ve been done, and judging by your loaded objectives, you won’t like the answers. Maybe once you’re off the phone and your car has stopped you could Google it. Assuming you haven’t had a prang, which will totally be everybody else’s fault but yours.

Pommy bastard 3:52 pm 19 Aug 10

54-11 said :

Thank goodness the rozzers are finally doing something about all the dickheads in this city that use their mobiles while driving.

As a biker, these shithead drivers worry me to death, as they are do everything but concentrate on their driving.

Onya, AFP – keep up the good work; don’t just make this a one-off blitz.

I totally agree.

p1 3:34 pm 19 Aug 10

Tooks said :

Many people do though, like the p plater who recently drifted into my lane (nearly side-swiping me), while texting (at 80kmh), or numerous others who have done similar while their phone was glued to their ear.

As a general rule I obey the laws concerning the use of hand held phones while driving, although I admit to breaking them once or twice.

Reading, or worse writing txt messages, while driving is a pretty fn retarded thing to attempt.

steveu 3:25 pm 19 Aug 10

thatsnotme said :

Policing like this, Rapid checks etc, make me wonder just how safer our streets might be if Stanhope turned over the budget for his fixed and point to point revenue raising cameras to ACT Police, and let them spend it on actually policing.

Correct Sir. This should be in the contract we have with the AFP, and should be above the base charge we pay for X number of police – and should go directly to ACT Policing, and not get subsumed in the beheamoth that is AFP national.

braddonboy 2:48 pm 19 Aug 10

Dunno why the wollapers are so happy re the phone blitz…it seems that since the campaign began more drivers than ever are using their phones. Make the fine $1271 if they wanna get serious!

thatsnotme 2:19 pm 19 Aug 10

I can normally pick a driver using a mobile before I ever see the phone to their ear. Doing 10-20kp/h below the limit? Check. Drifting in their lane? Check. Likely to change lanes suddenly, at best indicating when they’re already half way into the next lane? Check.

Policing like this, Rapid checks etc, make me wonder just how safer our streets might be if Stanhope turned over the budget for his fixed and point to point revenue raising cameras to ACT Police, and let them spend it on actually policing.

MissChief 2:10 pm 19 Aug 10

p1 said :

I wonder if anyone has ever done a study into the reading of Variable Message Boards while driving?

I’d like to see those study results, especially if the study aims to show:
* a substantive correlation between talking on a phone and having an accident;
* that talking on a mobile is any more distracting than any other distraction whilst driving including talking/arguing with a passenger or coping with screaming kids.

Tooks 1:32 pm 19 Aug 10

p1 said :

Tooks said :

If anyone is distracted from reading a sign, they probably shouldn’t have a licence.

I tend to agree. But then I don’t find a phone that hard to use either.

Many people do though, like the p plater who recently drifted into my lane (nearly side-swiping me), while texting (at 80kmh), or numerous others who have done similar while their phone was glued to their ear.

Mothy 1:15 pm 19 Aug 10

amarooresident3 said :

Two stolen Hyundai Excels? Are they the car of choice amongst the criminal classes?

Must be an easy steal.

I find it funny that I always struggled with my car being broken in to, then eventually stolen from, aforementioned unit complex in Florey, and that’s where these two were found.

Though what are the chances they’d actually belong to or be connected to the accused? Just how dumb do you have to… right, got it.

54-11 12:44 pm 19 Aug 10

Thank goodness the rozzers are finally doing something about all the dickheads in this city that use their mobiles while driving.

As a biker, these shithead drivers worry me to death, as they are do everything but concentrate on their driving.

Onya, AFP – keep up the good work; don’t just make this a one-off blitz.

amarooresident3 12:42 pm 19 Aug 10

Two stolen Hyundai Excels? Are they the car of choice amongst the criminal classes?

p1 12:39 pm 19 Aug 10

Tooks said :

If anyone is distracted from reading a sign, they probably shouldn’t have a licence.

I tend to agree. But then I don’t find a phone that hard to use either.

Those signs can be annoying when they flash up more then one page of a message. So you seen the first page, want to know what the second page says, and so stare at it longer then you normally would a analogue sign.

Tooks 12:09 pm 19 Aug 10

p1 said :

I wonder if anyone has ever done a study into the reading of Variable Message Boards while driving?

If anyone is distracted from reading a sign, they probably shouldn’t have a licence.

p1 11:53 am 19 Aug 10

I wonder if anyone has ever done a study into the reading of Variable Message Boards while driving?

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