28 April 2010

Police Wrap - 27 April 2010

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1. Congratulations all on not dying (except for those who died from non-road related matters):

ACT Policing is pleased the roads remained fatality-free over the Anzac Day long weekend, despite issuing 55 Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) for a range of traffic offences.

Of the 55 TINs issued over the long weekend, 26 were for speeding, including a 40-year-old female driver from Gungahlin who was caught driving 115km/hr in a 80km/hr zone on Saturday (24 April) along Gungahlin Drive, Palmerston. She will lose eight demerit points for exceeding the speed by over 30km/hr.

Acting Superintendent Jeff Knight of Traffic Operations said these results were disappointing, with 11 drivers losing six demerits points after exceeding the speed limit by 15km/hr.

“Double demerit periods are a common occurrence with police targeting speeding and seatbelt offences. It is astounding that drivers continue to speed despite being forewarned about the consequences,” Acting Superintendent Knight said.

“Speed limits are in place for a reason. Exceeding them not only risks your own life, but also other road users in the community.”

Police also conducted more than 736 random breath tests over the four days, with 9 people returning positive readings. This included a 22-year-old Fraser man who recorded a BAC of 0.234 early Monday morning (26 April) in Gungahlin, and a 19-year-old Fisher woman who recorded a BAC of 0.118 early Friday morning (23 April) on London Circuit.

Both drivers were subject to a blood alcohol limit of 0.02, and will face the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date.

2. Unlicensed? Drunk? Try not to have near misses with police cars:

A 31-year-old Kambah man will face the ACT Magistrates Court on May 6 after refusing to provide a sample of his breath to police last night (Tuesday, April 28).

Police were conducting a mobile patrol of Kambah around 8:00pm when they observed a Toyota Hilux utility travelling at speed in the opposite direction. The vehicle almost collided with the police vehicle. A short time later, the vehicle came to a stop and the driver ran from pursuing police.

The male driver was apprehended and was subsequently requested by police to undergo a screening test and later breath analysis, for which the male refused to comply.

At the time of this incident, the man was disqualified from driving by the ACT Magistrates Court.

The man was later charged with refusing to supply a breath sample and driving whilst disqualified. He was transported to the ACT Watch House and bailed to appear before the ACT Magistrates Court on 6 May 2010.

ACT Policing would like to remind drivers that it is an offence to refuse to provide a sample of breath pursuant to the ACT Road Transport Alcohol and Drugs Act 1977.

Further, ACT Policing is urging members of the community to contact Police Operations on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 if they are aware of anyone who continues to drive when their licence has been disqualified or cancelled. Police are determined to reduce the incidence of serious injuries and fatal collisions in the ACT, by stopping this recidivist behaviour.

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These drink drivers deserve what they get, hopefully they will have the book thrown at them!

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