Police concerned as drivers continue to flout law

NSW Police notes "total disregard" by some drivers as another heavy vehicle enforcement operation catches out more truckies

August 14, 2012

New South Wales Police has expressed concern over the level of respect for road rules in the wake of enforcement activities that nabbed motorists and truck drivers.

During police operations over the weekend, officers stopped 66 truck drivers on the Hume Highway at Douglas Park. A driver allegedly tested positive to methamphetamine and cannabis, while 17 infringement notices were issued for traffic offences.

Five truck drivers were charged with breaking fatigue management laws, and NSW Police claims one truck was tampered with to exceed the 100km/h speed limit.

"We are continually seeing a total disregard by some drivers, particularly on weekends, for the road rules," Superintendent Stuart Smith says.

Four people have died on the NSW roads since August 10, and weekend operations nabbed a 32-year-old woman with a blood-alcohol reading of 0.176. A 45-year-old woman will also front court after she was detected with a blood-alcohol reading of 0.196.

A 24-year-old man was busted travelling 137km/h in a 70km/h zone. He was given an infringement notice and had his licence suspended for six months.

Officers also stopped a sedan carrying 10 people, including five children. There were no approved child restraints and the car had a bald tyre.

In another incident, a car was detected travelling 80km/h over the speed limit. Police also pulled over a driver after their car was caught travelling 134km/h in a 60km/h zone.

"Quite obviously there are motorists who continue to flout the law by speeding, drink-driving and not ensuring their passengers are properly restrained," Smith says.

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