Operation Furious - Hume

Police have targeted excessive speeding and dangerous driving during Operation Furious in The Hume region last week.

Operation Furious ran from Thursday 1 September 2022 to yesterday (Monday 5 September 2022), and involved Traffic and Highway Patrol – Traffic Response Group motorcycle officers targeting speed, drug and alcohol-relating driving offences within The Hume Police District.

The high-visibility operation saw 166 motorists caught travelling above the speed limit over the five days. Of note:

  • About 2.15pm on Saturday (3 September 2022), a vehicle was allegedly detected travelling 165km/h in a 110km/h signposted area on the Hume Hwy, Mittagong. The 37-year-old male driver allegedly returned a positive reading to a prohibited drug; the result of which will undergo further analysis. He was issued a penalty notice for speeding and his licence was suspended.
  • About 11.10am on Sunday (4 September 2022), a motorcycle was allegedly detected travelling at 150km/h in a 90km/h zone along the Barton Highway, Manton. The rider – a 19-year-old P-plater – was issued a suspension notice, as well as a penalty notice for speeding.
  • About 11.10am yesterday (Monday 5 September 2022) a 30-year-old male driver was stopped after allegedly using his phone while driving. Further checks revealed he was wanted on an outstanding warrant for domestic violence-related offences. He was arrested and taken to Goulburn Police Station where the warrant was executed.

Police also detected 12 motorists using their mobile phone while behind the wheel.

More than 900 random breath tests and 112 random drug tests were conducted, with ten drivers testing positive to illicit substances – the results of which will undergo further analysis.

Similar operations are expected in the future, aimed at reducing injury and death on local roads.

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