Disappoint results for Operation Go Slow
Disappoint results for Operation Go Slow Valerie Horton

Disappointing results for Operation Go Slow over Anzac long weekend

POLICE have issued a media release describing their disappointment at the results of Operation Go Slow over the Anzac Day long weekend.

Operation Go Slow started at 12:01am on Friday April 22 2016 and concluded at 11:59pm last night (Monday 25 April 2016).

The operation was a high-visibility campaign involving the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and general duties police patrolling major traffic routes across the state.

Double demerits were in force during this period for all speeding, seatbelt, helmet, and mobile phone offences.

During the operation eight people died on NSW roads, which is double the number of people killed during a similar operation in 2014. (NB: Anzac Day in 2015 was not a long-weekend).

Police conducted 217,339 breath tests (up 44,301 compared to 2014) resulting in 244 people being charged with drink-driving (down 142 from 2014).

A further 4,304 people were issued infringement notices for speeding (up 1,218 from 2014) while police also issued 6,440 infringements for other offences including mobile phone, helmet and registration offences (up 999 from 2014).

Examples of significant arrests and irresponsible driver behaviour on the last day of the operation include:

High Range PCA, Disqualified Driver and State False Name

At 12:30am on Tuesday the 26 April 2016 a 23yo male was stopped for MRBT. He initially provided false details and returned positive breath test. He provided his correct details and checks revealed it is disqualified until December 2021. A breath analysis returned a reading of 0.171. He was charged with Drive High Range PCA (Second offence), drive while disqualified (second offence).

Mid Range PCA, Exceed Speed – Over 30km/h

At 11:30pm on Monday 25 April 2016, Highway Patrol officers checked the speed of a black Holden Commodore sedan travelling South on Wharf Street Tweed Heads at 95km/hr in sign posted 60km/hr, built up area. Police stopped the vehicle a short time later. The driver, a 27 year old man, returned a positive roadside breath test. He was arrested and conveyed to Tweed Heads Police Station where he returned a reading of 0.129. He was issued a FCAN for Mid Range PCA. He had his visiting driving authority suspended. Radar Penalty Notice issued for over 30km/hr offence. At the time, the driver also had three passengers in the vehicle and the road surface was wet.

Key Statistics (Operation Go Slow 2016):

Speed infringements: 4,304

Breath tests: 217,339

PCA charges: 244

Major crashes: 320

Persons injured: 124

Fatalities: 8

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