Police pleased by fatality free Easter

ACT Policing are pleased the Australian Capital Territory remained fatality-free over the holiday period, with only three collisions resulting in minor injuries over the Easter holiday period (2 to 6 April).

The Operation Crossroads partnership between ACT Policing and NSW Police provided a highly visible presence throughout the Capital Region to keep motorists safe during a traditionally busy time on our roads.

Officer in Charge Traffic Operations, Station Sergeant Susan Ball was pleased there were no deaths or serious injuries over the Easter holiday.

“While it’s a relief that we made it through this busy period with no deaths or serious injuries on our roads, it was still disappointing to see some drivers speeding and driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs,” Station Sergeant Ball said.

Over the Easter period, 262 Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) were issued for driving offences in the ACT, with 95 of those for speeding.

During Operation Crossroads, ACT Policing conducted 5,500 breath tests, of which 17 returned a positive result, and 71 roadside drug tests, of which seven returned a possible reading and were forwarded to ACTGAL for further analysis.

“While ACT Policing conducted more alcohol and drug screening tests compared to last year, we saw less people caught driving while impaired. So, the message is getting through but there’s still work to be done.”

About 8.50pm on Sunday (5 April), a 37-year-old man was caught drunk driving on Barry Drive, Turner, with both left tyres of his car heavily damaged. The man was taken to the City Police Station and underwent breath screening, returning a blood alcohol concentration of 0.218 grams. He was released into the care of a seemingly angry family member and issued with an Immediate Suspension Notice. The man will be summonsed to face the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date. 

“People lose their lives on our roads every year, so it’s disturbing that some people still choose to risk their lives and the lives of others by driving dangerously.” 

“To those Canberra drivers who did the right thing over the long weekend – thank you.”