Police are reminding drivers travelling through and in NSW, that even though the long weekend has finished – their responsibilities as a driver have not, NSW Police say.
Operation Slow Down, the State’s Labour Day weekend road safety campaign, started at 12.01am on Friday 28 September 2018, and concluded at 11.59pm yesterday ( Monday 1 October 2018).
Acting Assistant Commissioner Julie Middlemiss of the Traffic & Highway Patrol Command, said as people continue on their travels during the school holidays people still need to make good choices when taking control of a vehicle.
“Even though the long weekend and double demerits have finished, your responsibilities as a driver or rider have not,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Middlemiss said.
“Every time you take control of a vehicle, you have to own every decision you make when you are on the roads.
“Police across the state will be continuing to maintain a high profile on main roads as well as local backroads during the school holiday period.
Some examples of inappropriate driver behaviour detected during Day Four of Operation SlowDown include,
About 8.50am yesterday (Monday 1 October 2018), Goulburn Highway Patrol were working on the Hume Highway as a part of their duties for Operation SlowDown when they spotted a black Alfa Romeo parked in a u-turn bay in between the north and southbound lanes of the highway. When officers went to check on the people in the car, it will be alleged they found a 32-year-old Darlinghurst woman self-administering a prohibited drug, believed to be ICE. A search of the car found a quantity of prohibited drugs and cash. The woman was arrested and taken to Goulburn Police Station. She was charged with Supply Prohibited Drug, Possess Equipment and Administer. The Darlinghurst resident was granted bail to appear at Goulburn Local Court on 24 October 2018
At 2.25pm yesterday (Monday 1 October, 2018), a BMW sedan was detected travelling more than 30km/h over the sign posted speed limit in the Royal National Park. The driver, a 45-year-old Kareela man was subjected to a roadside breath test and this returned a positive reading. A subsequent breath analysis returned a positive reading. A subsequent breath analysis at Sutherland Police Station returned an alleged reading of 0.225. It will be alleged that police had received a number of complaints from other drivers about the way the BMW was being driven. The 45-year-old was charged with high range PCA and exceeding the speed limit by more than 30km/h. He was granted bail and will appear in Sutherland Local Court on 1 November, 2018. His drivers licence was suspended on the spot.
Key statistics (progressive total):
Speed infringements: 5227
Breath tests: 214,358
PCA charges: 220
Major crashes: 238