Police nab drivers in safety blitz

A number of drivers were caught speeding or drink driving over the weekend as part of the high visibility police operation conducted in the Alpine Area.

Over the weekend officers from the NSWPF Traffic & HWP Command continued their high visibility policing operations, conducted in and around Jindabyne, including the Alpine areas of Thredbo and Perisher Valley as part of Operation SNOWSAFE 2014. Sergeant Rob Tapply from the Monaro Traffic & HWP unit said due to the increased snow falls this season there has been a significant increase in traffic volumes this year and the weekends were the busiest times on the roads.

"Speeding drivers still make up the vast majority of the offences we detect", Sergeant Tapply said. "Driving a motor vehicle takes a lot of concentration and all drivers need to be aware of changing speed zones as well as changing road and weather conditions and they need to adjust their speed accordingly".

Police were kept busy over the weekend with a number of drivers booked for some very high speeds and drink driving offences.

A 23-year-male from Manly was detected travelling a 140km/h in an 80km/h zone on the Alpine Way at Crackenback, returning from the ski fields. He had two passengers in the car. When stopped by police he was issued with an on the spot fine of $2,252 for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h. His NSW driver licence was confiscated on the spot and suspended for a fixed period of six months.

A 24-year-old male from Sussex Inlet was detected travelling at 130km/h in an 80km/h zone on the Alpine Way at Crackenback, returning from work in the ski fields. He had one passenger in the car. He was also issued with an on the spot fine of $2,252 dollars for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h. His NSW driver licence was also confiscated on the spot and suspended for a period of six months. Being the registered operator of the car he also had his NSW licence plates confiscated by police for the statutory 3 month period and returned to the NSW Roads & Maritime Services.

A 26-year-old female from Victoria was detected travelling at 115km/h in the 80km/h zone at Crackenback, returning from the ski fields. She had three passengers in the car. Stopped and issued with an on the spot fine of $835 and a loss of five demerit points.

A 27-year-old male from Jindabyne detected travelling at 115km/h in an 80km/h zone at Crackenback with three other persons in the car. He was also issued an on the spot fine of $835 and a loss of five demerit points.

Police also conducted more than 500 random breath tests over the weekend in the area.

"Even though there are free courtesy buses running from all the licenced premises in the area we are still catching people who do not abide by the common road safety messages and still drink and drive," Sergeant Tapply said.

A 33-year-old man from Miranda was arrested on Saturday evening in Jindabyne after a positive roadside breath test. He returned a reading of 0.062. He will appear at Queanbyean Local Court on September 29 to answer a charge of low-range drink driving.

A 31-year-old male from Jindabyne was also arrested on Saturday evening after a positive roadside breath test. He returned a reading of 0.122. He will appear in the Cooma Local Court on October 7 to answer an charge of mid-range drink driving. He also had his NSW driver licence suspended and confiscated.

A 21-year-old woman from Tuross Head was stopped by police at a random breath testing site on Kosciuszko Road, Jindabyne. She could not produce a drivers licence and provided police with false particulars of name, date of birth and address.

Her true identity was eventually established.

She only held a NSW learner licence and was driving a car not accompanied by a fully licenced driver.

She will appear at Cooma Local Court on October 7 to answer charges of being an unaccompanied learner and stating a false name and address.

"The operations we conducted over the weekend detected a a number of drivers who clearly, have little regard for the value of their drivers licence. We reiterate to all drivers the need to adhere to speed limits, advisory signs and road conditions for their own safety as well as the safety of other road users," Sergeant Tapply said.

"Operation SNOWSAFE will continue through until the long weekend in October".

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