Assistant Commissioner John Hartley
Traffic Services Branch
Motorists Reminded To Take Care On Roads So Christmas Is Spent With Loved Ones – Day 7
OPERATION SAFE ARRIVAL
Police are reminding motorists to take care on the State’s roads to ensure Christmas Day is spent at home with loved ones, not in a car wreck or a gaol cell.
The State holiday road toll remains at 13, however, a woman is in a critical condition after a serious crash in the State’s South yesterday.
About 5.30 pm a Ford Festiva was travelling along the Lachlan Valley Way, about 15 km south of Boorowa, when it left the roadway and rolled twice.
As a result the driver and sole occupant, a 26-year-old A.C.T. woman, sustained critical head injuries. The woman was assisted at the scene by four passing motorists until NSW Ambulance paramedics transported her to Yass Hospital.
She was later transferred to Canberra Hospital where she underwent emergency surgery. Her condition today remains critical.
Investigations into the cause of the crash are being conducted by officers from Cootamundra Local Area Command.
Meanwhile, Police have continued targeting dangerous driving behaviour on the State’s roads, conducting:
- 33,627 breath tests on day seven,
- More than 207,000 breath tests,
- 554 people have been charged with drink driving in the first seven days, down 282 over the same period last year.
- Police have issued 8,560 speeding infringements in the first seven days, up 1,766 over the same period last year.
Traffic Services Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, is reminding motorists to slow down with Christmas upon us.
“Drivers are not heeding our continual reminders to slow down. 1,766 more people have this year been caught speeding over the first week of the Operation, compared to last year.”
“It’s Christmas day and we urge motorists, for your sake, the sake of other motorists and pedestrians and, of course, the sake of your families and loved ones, please slow down.” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.
“Don’t speed, don’t drink and drive and don’t ruin Christmas for you or anyone else.”
Examples of dangerous driver behaviour from Christmas Eve include:
- About 9.45 pm a 23-year-old man was driving along Glenbrook Road, Glenbrook, when he hit a stationary vehicle waiting to turn right into a driveway. Police attended a short time later and the driver was seen to be allegedly very unsteady on his feet. The man was breath tested and returned a positive reading. He was arrested and returned to Springwood Police Station where a breath analysis returned a reading on 0.187. The man’s licence was confiscated and suspended. He was issued with a court attendance notice for high range PCA to appear at Penrith Local Court in January.
- Shortly before 8pm a 17-year-old male was driving a Mitsubishi Lancer north along the Pacific Highway, Korora. Near the intersection of Seaview Close Police checked his speed on radar at 149 kmh in a 100 kmh sign posted zone. The driver was stopped and found to be the holder of a P1 licence, which is restricted to no more than 90 km/h. There were no P-plates displayed on the vehicle as required. The male was issued with infringement notices for exceeding the speed limit more than 45km/h and not displaying P-plates. The man was issued a licence suspension notice and Police seized his driver’s licence.
- About 11.40 pm a 28-year-old Campsie woman was stopped on the Hume Highway, Mittagong, after the Toyota Seca she was driving was detected travelling at 139 kmh in a 110 kmh sign posted area. The woman failed to produce a current driver’s licence and checks later revealed that she is currently disqualified from driving until May 2010. Further checks revealed that the woman has current bail conditions not to be seated behind the steering wheel of any vehicle. The woman also had a four-year-old child in the back seat. She was arrested and taken to Bowral Police Station where she was charged with exceeding the speed limit, driving whilst disqualified and breaching bail conditions. The woman was refused bail and was due to appear at Goulburn Local Court today.
- About 1.45am a 30-year-old local man allegedly committing an aggravated burnout on the Hume Highway at Holbrook, adjacent to Holbrook Police Station. Police inside the station went to the front door to see the driver fishtailing up the Hume Highway and nearly colliding with a kerb. Police patrolling for the offending vehicle then observed it commit another burnout in Jingellic Road. The man has then driven back to where he committed the original burnout and performed another. He then drove into the driveway of a private residence and committed another burnout in the gravel driveway before driving into rear yard where he repeated his actions. Police stopped directly behind the driver and arrested him. He failed to submit to a roadside breath test as required. The man was arrested and taken to Holbrook Police Station where he allegedly resisted and assaulted Police. He had to be forcibly restrained and failed to submit a breath analysis as required. The man was taken to Albury Police Station and charged with dangerous driving for the aggravated burnouts, assaulting Police, resisting arrest and failing to submit a breath analysis. He was issued a licence suspension notice and his vehicle was also unregistered since 2007.