Police urge motorists to slow down after concerning weekend on roads

Police are reminding drivers of the dangers of speeding after several vehicles were stopped travelling at unsafe speeds across the state over the weekend.

Newly appointed Commander of Traffic and Highway Patrol, Assistant Commissioner Karen Webb, said she was deeply concerned to see so many people endangering the lives of others through their actions behind the wheel.

“This past weekend alone saw four lives lost on the state’s roads. With those incidents fresh in our minds, it defies belief that people continue to drive so recklessly, putting not only themselves at risk, but also other motorists and pedestrians.

“Police will continue to actively target those who think it’s acceptable to endanger lives through their poor driving behaviour,” Assistant Commissioner Webb said.

Recent speeding detections include:

– About 4.20pm on Friday (3 July 2020), a 24-year-old provisional P2 driver was issued with a Field Court Attendance Notice after being stopped by police on the M1 at Ryhope, allegedly driving his Ford sedan at 177km/h in a 110km/h zone. He is due to appear before Toronto Local Court on Tuesday 8 September 2020.

– Just before 6pm Friday, a 17-year-old provisional P1 driver was infringed after his Audi sedan was allegedly detected travelling at 119km/h in a 60km/h zone on Soldiers Parade, Edmondson Park.

– About 1am on Saturday (4 July 2020), a Ford utility was stopped on the M4 at Auburn, after allegedly being clocked travelling at 143km/h in a 90km/h zone. Officers subjected the 29-year-old male driver to a roadside breath-test, which returned a positive reading. The man was arrested and taken to Granville Police Station, where it’s alleged he refused to provide a breath analysis sample. Subsequent checks revealed the man’s ute was unregistered. He was charged with several traffic offences and granted conditional bail, to appear before Parramatta Local Court on 21 July 2020.

– About 9.20am on Saturday, police stopped a Mercedes sedan on the Cumberland Highway, Merrylands West, after it was allegedly detected travelling at 140km/h in a 70km/h zone. The 52-year-old driver was issued with an infringement notice, his licence was suspended for six months, and the number plates from his vehicle were returned to the RMS for a period of three months.

– Officers from Sutherland conducting stationary speed enforcement duties on Lady Wakehurst Drive in the Royal National Park stopped two separate vehicles who were allegedly detected travelling at 117km/h in a 60km/h zone. Both drivers (two men aged 19) were infringed and had their licences suspended on the spot. One of the men also had his number plates returned to the RMS for a period of three months.

– Just before 4pm yesterday (Sunday 5 July 2020), a Volkswagen hatchback was stopped on Elizabeth Drive, Bonnyrigg Heights – a signposted 70km/h zone – allegedly travelling at 139km/h. The 19-year-old provisional P2 driver was infringed and his licence was suspended for six months.

– About 5pm yesterday, police were conducting speed enforcement duties on the Cumberland Highway at Greystanes when they saw two vehicles who appeared to be street racing, allegedly both travelling between 130-140km/h in a 70km/h zone. Officers stopped one of the vehicles, a Kia sedan, and subjected the 22-year-old male driver to roadside breath and drug testing. He was arrested and taken to Merrylands Police Station for a secondary drug oral fluid test, which has been sent for laboratory analysis. He was issued a Field Court Attendance Notice for exceeding speed over 45km/h, with his licence suspended pending his upcoming court appearance at Fairfield Local Court on Tuesday 29 September 2020.

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