Drivers don’t get the message

Police are disappointed with reckless driving during Operation Safe Return, which followed several serious accidents in the Highlands late last year. Photo: Emily Barton.You may have made it home safely at the end of the January holiday period, but your life was still put at risk.
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Drunk drivers and speeding motorists took to the streets regardless of constant pleas from police in the lead up to the Operation Safe Return double demerit period.

Speedwas by far the most common offence, with 261 tickets issued to speeding drivers across The Hume Local Area Command (LAC), which comprisesthe Southern Highlands, Goulburn and Yass regions.More than 44per cent of these tickets were todrivers in the Highlands sector.

Excessive speeds were not uncommon during the five-day operation, with 10 tickets given in the Highlands to driversexceeding the speed limit by more than 30km/h, and two formore than 45km/h.

Police did their part to keep the community safe,with the second highest number of random breath tests (RBTs) in the Southern Region –a total of 5864–carried out in The Hume LAC. More than 1000 were conducted in the Highlands, with extra officers allocated to enforce road and traffic compliance.

Mittagong Highway and Traffic Patrol officers stopped a 25-year-old man from Liverpool travelling at 148km/h on the Hume Highway, who was later charged with mid-range drink driving. He returned an alleged reading of 0.102 and will face Moss Vale Local Court on March 21.

Two other drivers were charged with low-range drink driving and four people were booked for using their phones during the double demerit period.

A P-plater was detected travelling at 135km/h, again on the Hume Highway at Mittagong, exceeding his P2 provisional speed limit by 35km/h.

Although there were no fatalities in the Highlands during the Australia Day operation, Bowral Police Inspector John Klepczarek said it was very disappointing to see repeated cases of drivers with a total disregard for the law.

“It’s particularly frustrating and concerning for police considering the tragic year we had in 2016, given the number of fatalities we had to deal with,” he said.

These results come just six weeks after two23-year-old Highlands mendied after separate car accidents in Welby and Berrimaon December 15. Only a week ago,a mother and child were airlifted to hospital following a crash on the Hume Highway at Mittagong.

“Police are determined, more than ever, to crack down on speeding and reckless driving and warn motorists we won’t tolerate this type of behaviour,” he said.

Across the state, police were “appalled” atridiculous speeds reached by careless drivers, including a25-year-old P-plate driver who was caught at 226km/h in a 70km/h zone in Bankstown.

Acting commander of the state Traffic and Highway Patrol, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said the message that speeding kills was not getting through.

“I cannot believe the sheer idiocy I have seen on our roads during this operation.”

He said more people had been caught speeding in every region across the state compared to last year.

“If people can’t learn to slow down, the unfortunate reality is hundreds more people will die this year on our roads,” he said.

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