In one month over 870 people were issued with Traffic Infringement Notices (TIN’s) for speeding. This is a disappointing result as the focus on speeding was clearly stated at the beginning, and during, the month of October. It is clear from this result that the message about road safety is not sinking in with drivers.
As part of a whole of government road safety campaign, ACT Policing issued 877 TIN’s in October. In addition, 121 people received cautions in the same period for speeding offences.
Of these 877 people, 17 were booked for travelling 45km/h or more over the signposted speed limit. Of the 17 offenders, 2 were female and 15 were male. Each of these drivers were issued with a monetary fine of $1,811, and faced the loss of six demerit points on their licence.
The highest speeds recorded were two 17-year-old males travelling at 169km/h in an 80km/h zone along Adelaide Avenue in Deakin. The next two highest speeds recorded were a 26-year-old male travelling at 153km/h in an 80km/h zone on Yarra Glen, Deakin, and a 25-year-old female travelling at 109km/h in a 40km/h work zone on Tuggeranong Parkway at the Glenloch Interchange.
A 19-year-old male who received an infringement for driving 132km/h in an 80km/h zone on the Monaro Highway is also being investigated for 20 speeding offences as captured by the Traffic Camera Office.
ACT Policing will continue to target all traffic offences for the months of November and December with a particular focus on Drink Driving. In the lead up to Christmas and the New Year, ACT Policing will be conducting random and targeted breath testing in all areas of Canberra.
ACT Policing officers will attend the Goulburn Magistrates Court tomorrow morning (Wednesday, November 3) to seek the extradition of an 18-year-old man on a series of traffic-related offences.
Police will allege that around 10pm on Sunday evening (October 31), the man had been driving a maroon-coloured Hyundai Sonata sedan on Petterd Street, Page, and failed to stop for random breath testing.
The driver and his companion were pursued through a number of Belconnen suburbs with stop sticks successfully being deployed by police on Southern Cross Drive, Macgregor. Despite a deflated front tyre, the car continued to evade police and headed onto the Barton Highway, driving north towards Murrumbateman.
ACT Policing notified NSW Police of the pursuit as the vehicle crossed the border. The driver eventually stopped the vehicle a few kilometres north of Murrumbateman where he and his passenger were arrested. The driver is currently held in custody in NSW pending his court appearance tomorrow.
Should the extradition order prove successful, the man will be brought to ACT Magistrates Court to face a series of traffic offences including driving in a manner dangerous, failing to obey a police direction, driving an unregistered vehicle, and driving whilst unlicensed.
[Pictures courtesy of ACT Policing Media]