Seventy fines issued to motorists on Melbourne Cup day

Michael Weaver 7 November 2019

ACT Police say there were still too many motorists breaking the law on Melbourne Cup day. Photo: ACT Policing.

As Canberrans flocked to Thoroughbred Park and venues throughout the ACT to watch the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday, police say there were still too many motorists breaking the law on the day.

ACT Policing’s Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations Marcus Boorman said a total of 70 infringements were issued which showed that too many motorists in the ACT were flouting the law.

Seven drivers were caught driving with drugs in their system, while three drink drivers were caught just outside the Canberra racecourse.

Nineteen people were caught using their mobile phones while driving and a further 30 were caught for speeding offences.

Five drivers were fined for running a red light, three drivers for not wearing a seat belt and another three for driving unregistered vehicles.

“Police were generally happy with crowd and driver behaviour, but these figures show some drivers still aren’t getting the message,” Detective Acting Station Sergeant Boorman said.

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