Eight fatalities on NSW roads, poor driver behaviour police call for drivers to make better choices

A 28-year-old provisional licence holder will appear in court next month after she allegedly threw a paver at police and was detected driving a vehicle inappropriate for her licence class, NSW Police say.

On Saturday (14 May 2016), Quakers Hill Highway Patrol officers stopped a VW Sirocco S1R was stopped for travelling at 75kmh on a 60kmh section of Railway Terrace at Quakers Hill. As police were speaking to the 28-year-old female driver, it will be alleged she drove off and disobeyed a red light.

At the time, it will be alleged the vehicle was detected travelling at 160kmh.

After making inquiries, police located the driver at her home where it is alleged she threw a paver at officers.

A search of the premises located quantities of cannabis and methylamphetamines.

The 28-year-old was arrested and taken to Quakers Hill Police Station. She was charged with ‘P2 not comply with high performance vehicle restriction, exceed speed over 45kph, drive manner dangerous, assault police /resist arrest ( x2), possess prohibited drug (x2), possess implements. Her driver’s licence was also suspended.

The woman was granted conditional bail and will appear in Blacktown Local Court on 6 June.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command’s Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said hearing of such behaviour after eight people died on NSW roads in four days, left him mystified.

“If you think of some of the behaviour detected on our roads across the weekend, the number of fatalities could, quite easily, have increased.

“Each time we drive, we have choices to make in terms of how fast that vehicle is travelling, whether you are under the influence of alcohol or have used drugs when you take control of the vehicle and ensuring all of your passengers are properly restrained.

“The NSW annual road toll stands at 152, which is 34 more than this time last year.

“This is a chilling statistic when you consider the family, friends and colleagues of the 152 people as their lives have been changed forever by one choice made by a road user.”

Some of the poor driver behaviour identified over the weekend includes;

THIRROUL: A 43-year-old man is facing court after being detected travelling at 157kmh on a 60kmh section of Bulli Pass Road at Thirroul on Sunday 15 May 2016. He was charged with exceeding the speed limit by more than 45kmh and his licence was suspended. He will appear in Wollongong Local Court on 21 June 2016.

TEMPE: A 31-year-old man will face court on a high range drink driving charge after being stopped for a random breath test at Tempe on Saturday 14 May 2016. The roadside breath test proved positive and he was arrested. A subsequent breath analysis returned a reading of 0.198. He was granted conditional bail and will appear at Newtown Local Court on 5 June.

RANDWICK: About 4:30pm on Saturday 14 May 2016 a Ford Falcon being driven by a 19-year-old man was involved in a collision with a Ford Focus at the intersection of Rae Street and Dutruc Street at Randwick. As a result of that collision, a parked car was damaged. The 19-year-old was subjected to a roadside breath test which returned a positive result. A subsequent breath analysis returned a reading of 0.128. He was charged with driving with a mid range PCA. He will face Waverly Local Court on 25 May 2016. The 25-year-old man, who was driving the Ford Focus, was assessed on site by NSW Ambulance Paramedics. He continues to receive treatment at St Vincents Hospital for multiple fractures and a collapsed lung.

MAROUBRA: A 42-year-old man is facing Waverley Local Court on 6 July 2016 after being arrested and charged with outstanding warrants, driving while disqualified and low eange drink driving. He was detected by Botany Bay Highway Patrol on Broome Street at Maroubra about 8.45am on Friday 13 May. At the time two children, aged six and seven, were in the car.