Thursday, 12 February 2015 02:20:14 PM
Even with prior warning of a one-day, state-wide blitz, NSW Police are astounded more than 600 motorists were caught speeding in school zones yesterday.
Operation Compliance – held yesterday (Wednesday 11 February 2015) – focused on motorists driving using mobile phones, exceeding the speed limit in school zones, and children’s crossing offences.
In 24 hours, 642 drivers were detected speeding through school zones; 1145 motorists were caught using mobile phones and 164 individuals were stopped for children’s crossing offences.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, said police were concerned at the number of drivers taking risks.
“More than 600 drivers caught speeding in school zones and over 1100 using mobile phones is extremely disappointing and shows a blatant disregard for the safety of others, particularly school children.
“To highlight school zones yesterday and see these results, particularly after warning the public the operation was happening, puts to the forefront the fact some motorists are still willing to take potentially extreme risks.
“With the road toll at five deaths more than this time last year, it is astounding people were still not getting the message about road safety.
“This operation is one of many we run throughout the year targeting the different factors which can lead to serious crashes, such as speeding and distraction.
“We will continue to patrol our school zones each day and hope that those caught and facing fines and licence suspensions will now take driving in school zones seriously,” he said.
About 8.40am yesterday (Wednesday 11 February 2015), a male rider was allegedly detected travelling at 82km/h in the 40km/h speed zone on Chalmers St, Surry Hills. He was issued an infringement for exceeding the speed limit.
About 8.25am yesterday (Wednesday 11 February 2015), a 37-year-old woman with a Victorian drivers licence was stopped at Thurgoona, near Albury, for a random breath test.
She returned a positive result and a subsequent breath analysis at Albury Police Station returned an alleged reading of 0.131. The woman was charged with mid range drink-driving and her licence was suspended in NSW. She is due to face Albury Local Court on Tuesday 17 March 2015. At the time of the incident there was a three-year-old child in the vehicle.
Mobile phone 437
Exceed speed school zone 115
School crossing 26
South West Metro:
Mobile phone 105
Exceed speed school zone 103
School crossing 23
North West Metro:
Mobile phone 148
Exceed speed school zone 138
School crossing 46
Mobile phone 115
Exceed speed school zone 94
School crossing 32
Mobile phone 71
Exceed speed school zone 75
School crossing 23
Mobile phone 107
Exceed speed school zone 101
School crossing 12
Traffic Support Group:
Mobile phone 162
Exceed speed school zone 16
School crossing 2
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