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Police focus on high-risk driving offences to bring down the road toll

February 17, 2015

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 04:30:29 PM

NSW Police are focusing on high-risk driving offences such as speeding in an effort to reduce the state’s road toll.

Operation Saturation – a high-visibility campaign focusing on driving down the road toll – started on Saturday (7 February 2015) and ends tomorrow (Wednesday 18 February 2015).

Traffic & Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, said that overnight examples of poor driver behaviour highlight the motivator for Operation Saturation.

“Operation Saturation is aimed at deterring high-risk driving and delivering results for the community, by way of reducing the road toll.

“We are focused on preventing those drivers, their passengers, and other innocent road users from being involved in a serious injury or fatal crash.

“With the road toll currently at 45 fatal crashes resulting in 49 deaths, being eight crashes and six deaths down on this time last year, police are out to ensure all motorists don’t take risks,” he said.
About 3pm yesterday (Monday 16 February 2015), Wollongong Highway Patrol detected a stolen vehicle on the M1 at Berkley. A pursuit was initiated and the vehicle exited the motorway on Northcliffe Drive, Berkeley, and continued through local streets.

The car was then dumped in Northumberland Street, where the driver and passenger ran from police. The driver ran through a number of backyards before climbing onto the roof of a house where he was arrested by police. The passenger in the vehicle was also arrested nearby.
A search of the vehicle located property alleged to be stolen during recent break, enter and steal offences in the Wollongong and Lake Illawarra areas.

The driver, a 28-year-old man from Bulli, and the passenger, a 26-year-old man from Corrimal, were taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station. They were charged and refused bail and are due to appear in Port Kembla Local Court today (Tuesday 17 February 2015).

About 1:25am today (Tuesday 17 February 2015), Macquarie Fields Highway Patrol were conducting speed enforcement on the Hume Highway at Ingleburn. They allegedly detected a semi-trailer travelling at 131km/h, exceeding the 100km/h limit for trucks.

Officers stopped the truck, registered in Victoria, and spoke to the 29-year-old driver from Victoria. It will be alleged a roadside drug test returned a positive result to methamphetamine, while a subsequent search of the truck uncovered a small, clear resealable bag containing a white powdered substance, believed to be the drug ‘speed’.
Officers also conducted an inspection of the driver’s work diary where a number of incomplete entries were found. As a result officers grounded the truck with a red defect for the non-compliant speed limiter and an infringement was issued for the speeding offence. Inquiries are continuing into the positive drug test result.
Meanwhile, officers from the Traffic Support Group held a speed enforcement operation at Badgerys Creek Road, Cowpasture Road, Elizabeth Drive, and The Northern Road in Sydney’s west this morning. They allegedly detected 34 speeding drivers, including:

• Two drivers more than 45km/h above the speed limit;
• A 35-year-old man detected at 130km/h in a 70km/h speed zone on Cowpasture Road;
• A 64-year-old driver detected at 112km/h in a 60 km/h zone on Badgerys Creek Road resulting in his numberplates being confiscated; and,
• Five vehicles detected more than 30km/h above the speed limit on Badgerys Creek Road.