Spate of accidents and high-range speeding frustrate ACT police

Michael Weaver 18 May 2020
A rear-ended car on the Monaro Highway on Sunday night

A collision on the Monaro Highway on Sunday night. Photo: Supplied.

Canberra drivers have been caught at speeds more than 50 km/h over the speed limit on multiple occasions over the past few days, prompting another plea from ACT Policing for drivers to slow down.

Two vehicles were detected travelling at speeds in excess of 150 km/h on Parkes Way last Thursday (14 May). One of the drivers stopped by police failed a drug test.

On Friday, a vehicle was detected doing 140 km/h in an 80 zone in Fyshwick. The driver failed a breath test and was found to be driving while his licence was suspended.

ACT Policing’s Officer in Charge of Road Policing Detective Station Sergeant Marcus Boorman expressed his continuing frustration at drivers who break the law.

While stopping short of blaming the incidents on the easing of social restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic, Detective Sergeant Boorman said it was only a matter of time before the multiple instances of poor driver behaviour resulted in someone being killed.

“I don’t know what’s causing this driver behaviour, but I do know what the effect will be – someone’s luck will run out and we’ll have a person, or people killed,” Detective Sergeant Boorman said.

“Police are seeing so many drivers doing the wrong thing, and it’s not just my road policing team seeing it, it’s general duties officers in marked cars, it’s criminal investigations officers on their way to other jobs and they’re all issuing infringements.

“We’re catching people speeding, drink driving, drug driving, using their phones, and ignoring red lights on a daily basis, yet every day we’re catching more people doing it.

“It shouldn’t take the threat of being caught to make people do the right thing, because these people are, simply, risking lives. This behaviour has to stop.”

Another incident requiring the police occurred at 3:00 am on Sunday (16 May) when a car crashed into a house in Kambah. The 19-year-old driver failed a breath test.

On Sunday at 4.15 pm, the driver of a car that rolled several times on the Federal Highway was taken to hospital.

A speed reading on Drakeford Drive

A speed reading from a driver on Drakeford Drive on Monday (18 May).

Also on Sunday at 7.30 pm, a ute rear-ended another vehicle on the Monaro Highway. The driver failed a breath test. He was allegedly using his mobile phone at the time of the accident.

In less than one hour on Monday (18 May), four drivers were detected exceeding the speed limit by more than 20 km/h.

A provisional driver was detected at 132 km/h in an 80 zone, while another driver was issued with an infringement for running a red light while a marked police vehicle was stationary at the intersection.


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