Police Highway Patrol
OPERATION SAFE ARRIVAL
Break The Law And You Will Get Caught – Police Warn Drivers
NSW Police have been out in force on the State’s roads for day four of OPERATION SAFE ARRIVAL, catching motorists breaking the law.
Police conducted 21,400 breath tests and charged 22 drivers for Prescribed Concentration of Alcohol (PCA) offences.
There were 985 infringements for speeding and 1,179 for other traffic offences.
The annual Christmas/New Year traffic enforcement campaign, OPERATION SAFE ARRIVAL started on Friday, 18 December with extra Police deployed to the State’s roads to catch out motorists doing the right thing.
Speeding and seatbelt offences will incur double demerit points from next Wednesday (23 December) until Saturday 3 January 2010.
Offences detected by Police yesterday (Monday 22 November) includes:
- About 11.10am Penrith Highway Patrol directed a Holden Commodore to stop on the Old Northern Road, Orchard Hills. The driver decamped from the vehicle and was arrested in nearby bushland and taken to the Penrith Police Station where Police discovered he had a learner’s licence which was disqualified until 2028. He was charged with numerous offences, including disqualified driving.
- At 1.30am a 19-year-old male P (2) licence holder from Lindfield was driving a vehicle on Parramatta Road at Strathfield when Police attempted to stop him for a registration offence. The man failed to stop and engaged Police in a short pursuit, driving on the M4 Motorway where his speed was checked at 180 kmh in a 70 kmh zone. The driver then left the motorway and abandoned the car in a nearby industrial complex where, with the help of Australia Post workers, he was arrested. The man allegedly told Police he did not stop because he had not cleared a defect on his car. His driver’s licence was suspended on the spot and he will appear at Auburn Local Court in January.
- At 10pm a 19-year-old Echuca man was stopped by Mathoura Police, who noted a strong odour of cannabis coming from the vehicle. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, Police allegedly found an amount of amphetamines. The man was charged and will appear before court in January 2010.
Operation Safe Arrival concludes at 2359hrs on Saturday 3 January 2010.