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Unlicensed Banks woman caught driving 50km/h over limit with child in car

A 45-year-old woman who has never held a driver's licence was caught driving erratically, 50km/h over the speed limit with a young child in the car in Monash.

Police noticed the Banks woman driving a red van dangerously on Drakeford Drive around 1.15pm last Tuesday.

She was travelling closely behind other vehicles, swerving, changing lanes without indicating and travelling at 130km/h in the 80km/h zone.

Police intercepted the vehicle and discovered the woman was driving unlicensed – having never held a driver's licence – and was also a repeat unlicensed driving offender.

There was also a young child in the vehicle.

The woman will face ACT Magistrates Court at a later date.

It came after a weekend of what ACT Police called "appalling driver behaviour" in the capital with police warning dangerous driving will not be tolerated.

"Road safety is everyone's responsibility – drivers who speed are gambling with their lives and the lives of others," traffic operations Sergeant Craig McPherson said.

Last weekend police caught 23 drink drivers – almost one every two hours. Seven of those were repeat offenders and two were arrested for drink driving twice on the same day.

Ten drivers had their right to drive suspended for 90 days immediately.

"By removing impaired drivers from our roads, community safety is improved and the potential for serious or fatal crashes is greatly reduced," Sergeant McPherson said. 

"The message should now be clear to everyone: don't drink and drive, you will be caught, anywhere and at any time.

"We're continuing to target speeding throughout these last few days of August and you can do your part by watching for speed signs and slowing down."