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Poor driving on ACT roads keeps police busy

ACT Policing has been kept busy on Canberra’s roads in the past few days, due to a large number of collisions and multiple instances of poor driver behaviour.

In less than one hour this morning, Monday 18 May, four drivers were detected exceeding the speed limit by more than 20 kilometres an hour.

One of these incidents included a provisional driver who was detected at 132 km/h in an 80 zone. Another driver was issued with an infringement for running a red light, while a marked police vehicle was stationary at the intersection.

Officer in Charge of Road Policing, Detective Station Sergeant Marcus Boorman, today expressed his continuing frustration at drivers who break the law.

“I don’t know what’s causing this driver behaviour, but I do know what the effect will be, someone’s luck will run out and we’ll have a person, or people killed,” Detective Sergeant Boorman said.

“Police are seeing so many drivers doing the wrong thing, and it’s not just my Road Policing team seeing it; it’s General Duties officers in marked cars, it’s Criminal Investigations officers on their way to other jobs, and they’re all issuing infringements.

“We’re catching people speeding, drink driving, drug driving, using their phones, and ignoring red lights on a daily basis, yet every day we’re catching more people doing it.

“It shouldn’t take the threat of being caught to make people do the right thing, because these people are, simply, risking lives. This behaviour has to stop.”

Here are some more of the incidents requiring police response in recent days:

On Thursday 14 May, two vehicles detected in excess of 150km/h on Parkes Way. One driver failed a drug test.

On Friday night 15 May, a vehicle detected at 140km/h in an 80 zone in Fyshwick. The driver failed a breath test and was already driving while his licence was suspended.

On Sunday 16 May, at 3am a car collided into a house in Kambah. The 19-year-old driver failed a breath test.

On Sunday, at 4.15pm a car rolled several times on the Federal Highway. The driver is in hospital.

On Sunday, at 7.30pm a ute rear-ended another vehicle on the Monaro Highway. The driver failed a breath test, and was allegedly using his mobile phone.

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