Canberra’s roads remained fatality-free over the Easter holiday period after a high visibility policing operation.
More than 200 infringement notices were issued to drivers in the ACT, including three testing positive for drugs and one driver recording a blood alcohol content of 0.222
More than 20 fatalities were recorded around Australia over Easter, with a a large increase in the number of infringement notices issued to drivers in the ACT.
The Operation Crossroads partnership between ACT Policing and NSW Police targeted speeding, drink-driving and fatigue, with 209 infringements issued.
In 2012, the total number of fines was 119.
ACT Traffic Operations Superintendent Kylie Flower said police were disappointed at the high number of driving offences. “We made no secret about our intention to provide a highly visible presence on Canberra roads over the long weekend,” she said.
“Four people have lost their lives already this year on our roads. It’s disturbing that some people are still choosing to put people’s lives in danger by driving dangerously.”
Superintendent Flower said three people had recorded positive drug readings over Easter.
A 16-year-old boy was detected driving at 160km per hour in an 80km zone last Thursday.
He was fined a total of $2251 for speeding and unlicensed driving.
ACT Policing conducted more than 2400 breath tests during the operation with 17 returning positive results, including a 51-year-old man stopped in Woden who returned a blood alcohol content of 0.222.
The repeat drink-driver had his licence immediately suspended and will appear at the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date.
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