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Targeted operations detect traffic offenses

Members of the ACT Road Policing carried out targeted operations on Saturday (August 6, 2022) detecting various infractions.

More than 700 drivers were tested for alcohol and drugs at the roadside at two sites.

On Saturday morning, in Bindubi Street, Aranda, several traffic violations were detected, including two drivers driving with more than the prescribed blood alcohol limit, one being a provisional driver with a zero blood alcohol limit. Both drivers told police they had “great nights” on Friday.

In addition to drunk driving violations, police identified unsecured loads on commercial vehicles, resulting in a $612 fine for drivers, and a $700 fine for an unlicensed driver whose the license had expired.

A mobile phone breach was also detected when a 26-year-old woman was observed by officers using a video call app as she walked to the RBT station. When stopped by police they saw the app open and facing the driver and the driver said she had a video call with her boyfriend while driving. She received a traffic violation notice for using a mobile phone for social media, incurring a penalty of $612.00 and four demerit points.

In the afternoon, a second site was set up on Beasley Street, Mawson, where another drunk driver was detected.

Separately, traffic police officers responding to a two-vehicle collision in O’Connor around 8.10pm on Saturday discovered one of the drivers, a 19-year-old man from Wamboin, NSW, who was driving despite being suspended of his license in June 2022. .

When subjected to a breath test, the man returned a blood alcohol level of 0.148. He received an immediate suspension notice, suspending his right to drive in the ACT for 90 days. He received a notice to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court on November 3, 2022, charged with driving while intoxicated level 3 and driving with suspension.

ACT Policing continues to urge Canberra drivers to do the right thing. Enforcement activities will take place anywhere, anytime, to make our roads as safe as possible.

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