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7687 drivers detected speeding in five days - Operation Tortoise

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 11:39:46 AM

Police are dismayed that despite numerous warnings, double-demerit enforcement, and pleas to slow down over the Easter long-weekend, 7687 drivers were detected speeding during Operation Tortoise.

Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, of the Traffic & Highway Patrol Command, said people continue to put their lives and the lives of other at risk with speeding.

“During Operation Tortoise, despite numerous warnings, and double demerit enforcement, people still put their lives and the lives of other road users at risk by speeding.

“Speeding is still the biggest contributor to fatal crashes, contributing to about 40% of fatal crashes.

“The fact that over 7500 drivers were still detected speeding over a single long-weekend is ludicrous.

“We had four people die during Operation Tortoise. That is four families who have lost a loved one this Easter.

“If that is not enough to deter drivers from speeding, I don’t know what is,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.

Operation Tortoise – the Easter long-weekend traffic operation – began at 12.01am Thursday 13 April 2017 and concluded at 11.59pm last night (Monday 17 April 2017).

Significant detections during the last day of the operation include:

Merrylands West:

A 31-year-old man was detected allegedly driving at 119km/h in a 70km/h zone on Cumberland Highway, Merrylands West, about 11.55pm on Monday (17 April 2017). He had his licence suspended on the spot and was issued an infringement for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h. At the time of the offence, police will allege the man’s wife and 5-year-old daughter were in the car.

Merrylands

An 18-year-old man with a P1 provisional licence, was detected allegedly driving at 170km/h in a 90km/h zone on the M4, Merrylands, about 1.30am on Monday (17 April 2017). He had his licence suspended on the spot and was issued an infringement for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h and not displaying P-plates.

Bankstown:

A 27-year-old man was allegedly detected speeding at 157km/h in a 70km/h zone on the Fairford Road, Bankstown, about 8.30am on Monday (17April 2017). He allegedly failed to stop when directed by police. He was later charged with speeding by more than 45km/h, drive speed dangerous, and fail to stop when directed. He is due to face Bankstown Local Court on 17 May 2017.

Moorebank:

A 31-year-old woman was detected allegedly driving at 151km/h in a 100km/h zone on the M5, Moorebank, about 6.30am on Monday (17 April 2017). She had her licence suspended on the spot and was issued an infringement for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h.

Key statistics (total for the operation):

Speed infringements: 7687

Breath tests: 244,631

PCA charges: 323

Major crashes: 321

Fatalities: 4.