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Police Wrap – 2 August 2010

By johnboy - 2 August 2010 10

1. Death in Lyneham:

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an incident in Lyneham this afternoon (Sunday, August 1), in which a vehicle veered off Mouat Street and through a nature strip before coming to rest in the front yard of a residence on Brigalow Street.

The 59-year-old male driver and single occupant of the vehicle received emergency medical treatment at the scene but later died in hospital.

At this early stage of the investigation, police suspect a medical condition may have been a contributing factor in the incident however, a full brief will be prepared for the ACT Coroner. ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team attended the scene and will be compiling a comprehensive report.

Any witnesses who may have seen the blue Holden Commodore sedan leave the roadway on Mouat Street around 4.30pm today are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the website at www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.

2. Crackdown on mobiles:

ACT Policing today ramped up its zero tolerance campaign against the use of a handheld mobile phone when driving to address the ever-increasing problem of driver distraction.

For the months of August and September, police will be out in force and if you’re using your phone while driving, expect to get caught and fined.

The targeted campaign is part of a whole-of-government approach to road safety comprising law enforcement, advertising and public relations.

“With the road toll already at 17 this year, we are heading towards our worst result since 2005. We need to look at consolidated ways to ensure the message is getting through, and ultimately, that people drive to stay alive,” Deputy Chief Police Officer Bruce Hill said.

“Driver distraction is one of the key contributing factors to road trauma, and using a handheld mobile phone is the most common and significant distraction of all.

“Drivers need to be aware that if they are caught using a handheld mobile phone, they will be fined $271 and lose three demerit points.

“The instruction to our officers over the next two-month zero-tolerance period is that no Cautions should be issued for this offence; all offenders will be issued with a Traffic Infringement Notice.”

To reinforce this tough stance, Variable Message Boards (VMBs) will be positioned at locations throughout the territory and will display a range of powerful new communications such as “VODAPHONE, TELSTRA, OPTUS / WILL NOT PAY YOUR FUNERAL”.

“If people find these in-your-face-style of messages offensive then so be it; it’s more important that the safety message cuts through and people start paying attention to it,” DCPO Hill said.

3. Getting stabby northside:

ACT Policing is investigating a wounding incident that occurred in Giralang in the early hours of yesterday morning (August 1).

The victim, an 18-year-old Giralang man, was walking home around 1am when he was approached by up to four males who demanded his wallet and phone. The victim refused and was stabbed multiple times in the abdomen.

Police located the victim in the underpass near Chuculba Crescent.

He was conveyed to The Canberra Hospital where he received medical treatment for his injuries. The wounds sustained were superficial and required sutures.

Police are urging anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has any information to contact Crime Stoppers.

4. Missing Persons Week:

ACT Policing is supporting National Missing Persons Week (August 1-8), which this year is encouraging people to report their concerns for missing loved ones quickly.

The theme of National Missing Persons Week this year is: ‘When someone goes missing – a day spent waiting is a day lost’.

The ACT has seven people on its Missing Persons register.

The missing people are:

— Kate Alexander (missing since 1974)
— Megan Mulquiney (missing since 1984)
— Elizabeth Herfort (missing since 1980)
— Odette Houghton (missing overseas since 1991)
— Amelia Hausia (missing since 1992)
— Benjamin Wells (missing since 2004)
— Laura Haworth (missing since 2008)

National Missing Persons Week was launched in Melbourne today (Monday, August 2), and will focus on dispelling a common misconception that a person must wait 24 hours before reporting a loved one missing.

Statistics indicate that an Australian is reported missing every 15 minutes, but 95 per cent are located within six months.

Research shows that many people believe they must wait 24 hours before they can report someone missing. This is not the case and ACT Policing is urging the reporting of a missing person as soon as family or loved ones become concerned for their welfare.

Facts sheets on National Missing Persons Week, including those aimed at informing culturally and linguistically diverse communities, can be located at www.missingpersons.gov.au.

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10 Responses to
Police Wrap – 2 August 2010
stonedwookie 12:26 pm 03 Aug 10

Giralang is like the hood now 2617 4 lyf

nhand42 7:01 pm 02 Aug 10

Stabbings in Giralang? Wtf is going on in Canberra. Is it time to start a vigilante group to cleanup these scum? I’ll bring the sack of doorknobs.

toriness 6:18 pm 02 Aug 10

i drove past that lyneham car crash after it had happened – when there were no less than 2 fire trucks, 3 police cars and ambo in attendance. the description of the crash doesn’t do the scene justice – it didn’t just go through a nature strip – it went over a traffic island, up over a nature EMBANKMENT (through some small trees/large shrubs), through a culdesac on the other side of the embankment, then up over another gutter and nature strip, and so far into the yard of the house it must have only been a foot or so from the front door. i assumed the crash was the result of a high speed chase given the distance/path of the crash.

Swaggie 6:18 pm 02 Aug 10

How long before Virgin Mobile and “3” launch court action to be included in this message. 🙂
The whole idea of sign-age is rather pathetic and bully boyish. Typical upper echelon AFP “management”. DCPO Hill sounds like a real tough guy.

p1 2:59 pm 02 Aug 10

MissChief said :

I particularly liked the abusive message posted on an electronic billboard at the side of Athlon Drive this morning; “On the phone? Hang up idiot!”

I really hope it didn’t distract you from your call driving. 🙂

amarooresident3 2:37 pm 02 Aug 10

“VODAPHONE, TELSTRA, OPTUS / WILL NOT PAY YOUR FUNERAL”.

Simply awesome.

Erg0 2:17 pm 02 Aug 10

They should be taking public submissions for the billboard messages. Or they could just trawl through the comments for any of the traffic-related threads on RiotACT.

MissChief 1:39 pm 02 Aug 10

I particularly liked the abusive message posted on an electronic billboard at the side of Athlon Drive this morning; “On the phone? Hang up idiot!”

Cameron 11:27 am 02 Aug 10

If they’re going to be so draconian about mobile phone usage perhaps they should be about every other in car activity that takes one of your hands away from the steering wheel. Mucking around with the radio, applying makeup, fishing around in bags, eating etc. etc.

dtc 10:55 am 02 Aug 10

Just hang out around London Cct and Marcus Clarke St and the police will be able to fill the coffers to overflowing with mobile phone fines. It particularly irritates me when people are using phones in high pedestrian areas.

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