ACT police have reported a spike in dangerous driving on Canberra's roads since Thursday.
Officer in Charge of Road Policing Detective Station Sergeant Marcus Boorman expressed his frustration at the increase of speeding, drink and drug driving.
"I don't know what's causing this behaviour but I do know what the effect will be," he said.
"Someone's luck will run out and we will have a person or people killed."
Sergeant Boorman said that the scale of poor driving means that general duties and criminal investigations officers have needed to issue infringements on their way to other jobs.
On Monday, four drivers withing one hour were detected speeding over the limit by more than 20 km/h. This includes a P-Plate driver who was detected driving at 132 km/h in an 80km zone.
"We can only do so much," Sergeant Boorman said.
"We will be out there, we will continue to do our bit it we will be looking at operations moving forward, because this behaviour has to stop."
"I encourage parents to have a conversation with the younger drivers out there."
"But also the parents to have a look at the mirror and self reflect on their driving behavior," he said.
"I'm just lost for words to explain the disappointment, especially in relation of the last four days."
Sergeant Boorman said he could not correlate the behaviour on Canberra's roads with the ease of COVID-19 restrictions.
"I'm not qualified to comment on the psychological things with COVID."
"Whatever the reason is, there's no excuse," he said.
"Whenever somebody dies or is seriously injured it doesn't matter what the excuse is because those consequences last for a life time."
Incidents requiring police responses since Thursday include:
- May 14. Two cars were detected speeding over 150km/h on Parkes Way. One of these drivers failed a breath test.
- May 15. a driver with a suspended licence failed a breath test after speeding at 140km/h in an 80 zone in Fyshwick.
- May 17. A nineteen year old driver failed a breath test after driving into a house in Kambah at 3am.
- May 17. Att 4.15pm a car rolled multiple times on the Federal Highway. The driver is now in hospital.
- May 17, at 7.30pm a driver failed a breath test after colliding with the rear end of another vehicle on the Monaro Highway.