NSW Police urge caution as Operation Slow Down continues

Holiday makers and locals are urged to take extra care with long weekend traffic on the move across the Mid North Coast.
Holiday makers and locals are urged to take extra care with long weekend traffic on the move across the Mid North Coast.

Police are urging drivers to avoid unnecessary risks to ensure everyone gets home safely as the long weekend road toll stands at five.

Operation Slow Down, the state’s long weekend road safety campaign, started at 12.01am on Friday September 29 and will continue until 11.59pm tonight (Monday, October 2).

Double demerits are in place over the entire long-weekend for all speeding, mobile phone, seatbelt and motorcycle-helmet offences.

Day 3 of Operation Slow Down saw police issue 1,486 speeding infringement notices and 26 PCA charges were laid yesterday (Sunday October 1).

Acting Assistant Commissioner David Driver said as the long weekend winds down, motorists should plan their travel home wisely and obey the road rules.

“We have already seen a number drivers speeding, taking unnecessary risks and driving dangerously,” he said.

“Unfortunately there have been five deaths on our roads this long weekend, plus another two on private property.

“Our message is simple: slow down, choose your ride wisely and follow the road rules to ensure you and others return home safely.”

Some incidents of dangerous driving police responded to on Sunday (October 1):

►Police attached to Coffs Harbour Highway Patrol stopped a 40-year-old man as part of speed enforcement duties on the Pacific Highway, Glenugie, about 6.30pm.

The man was allegedly detected travelling 179km/h in a 100km/h zone. The Toormina man was issued an infringement notice for exceed speed over 45km/h, fined $2384 and had his licence suspended for six months.

►An 18-year-old man was issued an infringement notice after allegedly speeding on Schofields Road, The Ponds, just before 11.30pm.

Police attached to Quakers Hill Highway Patrol will allege the P1 driver, from Rouse Hill, was detected travelling at 144km/h on a 70km/h stretch of road. He was issued an infringement notice for exceed speed by more than 45km/h, was fined $2384, lost 12 demerit points and had his licence suspended for six months.

►A man was charged after he was stopped for a breath test on Richmond Road, Blacktown. About 3.10am.  Police will allege the 19-year-old man was driving a Honda Accord without his headlights on.

He was stopped for a roadside breath test and asked to produce his licence. The Quakers Hill man allegedly did not produce a licence and returned a positive result to the breath test.

He was arrested and taken to Riverstone Police Station where he was charged with drive with mid-range PCA, never licensed person drive vehicle on road, drive conveyance taken without consent of owner, drive in dark no lights. He was refused bail to appear before Blacktown Local Court on Wednesday (October 4).

►A US National was arrested after she was allegedly driving erratically on Pittwater Road, Warriewood, about 11.30pm.

Police from Northern Beach Highway Patrol stopped the 22-year-old woman driving a Daihatsu hatchback after she was allegedly swerving through all three southbound lanes. She was given a roadside breath test which returned a positive result.

The woman was arrested and taken to Mona Vale Police Station. She was issued a field court attendance notice to appear before Manly Local Court on Wednesday 1 November 2017. Her NSW driving privileges were revoked by police.

►A man was charged after allegedly leading police in a pursuit through Cudgera Creek, in the state’s north.

About 1.50am, Byron Highway Patrol officers spotted a Mitsubishi ASX travelling along the Pacific Motorway, Cudgera Creek, not keeping left.

Police will allege they activated warning lights to tell the vehicle to pull over but the driver instead crossed the centre grass median strip and exited the motorway using the Cudgera Creek northbound ramp.

A pursuit of the vehicle was commenced on Cudgera Creek Road and terminated due to the manner of driving. Police allege the car returned to the motorway and parked in one southbound lane before the driver and passenger fled the vehicle on foot.

The two were arrested and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station. The 25-year-old male driver was charged with police pursuit, drive in a manner dangerous, never licensed person drive vehicle on road and two counts of receiving stolen property stolen outside the state. He was granted conditional bail to appear before Tweed Heads Local Court on Tuesday 3 October 2017. The male passenger was issued a field court attendance notice for being conveyed in a stolen vehicle.

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