Drivers detected speeding 45km/h over limit – Operation Stay Alert

Police have charged a man after he was caught allegedly driving 45km/h above the limit, during Operation Stay Alert.

Operation Stay Alert began at midnight on Friday (5 June 2020) and concludes at 11.59pm tomorrow (Monday 8 June 2020), with officers targeting speeding, drink and drug driving, driving while fatigued, mobile phone, helmet and other traffic offences.

About 1.05pm yesterday (Saturday 6 June 2020), a 43-year-old man allegedly drove his car at 150km/h in a signposted 90km/h zone along the M4, Merrylands.

Officers from Cumberland Highway Patrol issued the driver an infringement for exceed above 45km/h and his licence was suspended on the spot. A short time later, the man was seen to get into his car and drive off; he has now been issued a Court Attendance Notice (CAN) for drive motor vehicle while licence suspended.

Other items of interest include:

  • About 1.40pm (Saturday 6 June 2020), a 23-year-old woman returned an alleged breath analysis reading of 0.152 after being stopped by Botany Bay Highway Patrol on Cooper Street, Redfern. She was issued a CAN and is due to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday 27 August 2020.
  • About 1.50am (Saturday 6 June 2020), officers from Orano-Mid Western Police District were patrolling Baird Drive, Dubbo, when they detected a car travelling at 140km/h. The driver allegedly failed to stop, and a pursuit commenced; however, police lost sight of the vehicle. About 8.50am the same day a 25-year-old man reported the vehicle to be stolen. Further inquiries were made, and the man has been charged with police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously, and false representation resulting in police investigation. He is due to appear Dubbo Local Court on Wednesday 1 July 2020.
  • About 4pm (Saturday 6 June 2020), an 18-year-old man was detected allegedly riding a motorcycle at 130km/h in the signposted 70km/h zone. An officer from Lake Macquarie Motorcycle Highway Patrol stopped the bike on Lookout Road, New Lambton Heights. The P-plate driver was fined for exceed speed greater than 45km/h, and his licence was suspended.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboys, said all Highway Patrol Officers are on duty throughout the Queen’s Birthday Long weekend.

“Drivers and riders putting others at risk can expect to lose their licence this weekend: we need to change their behaviour on our roads. Double demerit points will apply for all speeding, seatbelt, motorcycle helmet and mobile phone offences,” Assistant Commissioner Corboys said.

Key statistics (progressive total), Day Two:

• Speed infringements: 3404

• Breath tests: 53,237

• PCA charges: 98

• Fatalities: 0

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