ACT Policing issued 137 Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) and 51 cautions over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend (June 7-10) despite drivers being put on notice about increased traffic enforcement over the period.
Traffic Operations identified 52 speeding offences during this period; including three drivers caught driving more than 45km/h over the speed limit.
A 24-year-old Farrer man with two previous speeding offences in the past 18 months was caught driving at 131km/h in a 60km/h speed zone on Gunghalin Drive.
A 19-year-old Gowrie man was caught driving at 134km/h in an 80km/h speed zone on Yarra Glen, Curtin. While, an 18-year-old Campbell woman with one previous infringement for speeding in the past 18 months was caught driving at 113km/h in a 60km/h speed zone on Parkes Way, Acton.
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The woman’s excuse for speeding was that she ‘was late to a family dinner’.
All three drivers were issued with a Traffic Infringement Notice (TIN) for $1811 and the loss of 12 demerit points.
Police conducted 2,439 roadside breath screening tests over the long weekend period with 27 drivers taken into custody for exceeding their relevant prescribed concentration of alcohol.
ACT Policing issued 12 Immediate Suspension Notices (ISNs) to drivers who exceeded their relevant prescribed concentration by greater than 0.050 grams of alcohol.
Around 11.10pm on Saturday evening (8 June) Belconnen Patrol members attended a collision on Aikman Drive, Lawson where a 68-year-old male driver returned a positive roadside screen test for the presence of alcohol. He later provided a sample of breath at the Belconnen Police Station where the result recorded was 0.137grams. As the driver was the holder of a full licence (0.050) he was issued with an ISN.
Around 8.30pm on Saturday evening (8 June) Gungahlin Patrol members conducted a random breath test on a 28-year-old man driving in Ngunnawal. The driver, who had two previous PCA related convictions, returned a positive roadside screen test for the presence of alcohol. He later provided a sample at the Belconnen Police Station where the result recorded was 0.208grams. He was arrested and an ISN was issued.
Officer-in-Charge of Traffic Operations Sergeant Rod Anderson said the Queen’s Birthday long weekend results were disappointing and clearly indicated that drivers still haven’t got the message.
“While drivers travelling in and out of Canberra were generally well behaved those closer to home weren’t and it was lucky there were no major traffic incidents in the ACT,” Sergeant Anderson said.
“If you’re speeding you dramatically increase the risk of serious injury or death should you be involved in a collision. Drivers need to remember speed affects their ability to stop their car to prevent collisions.”
“Likewise, it’s extremely alarming that despite our best efforts, people continue to choose to drink and drive. Our message is simple if you decide to drink and then drive, expect ACT Policing to catch you.”
ACT Policing is targeting alcohol and drug impaired driving during the month of June as part of its multi-agency road safety strategy.