Police targeting dangerous driving in May

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Police will be targeting dangerous behaviour on Canberra’s roads during May.

With a focus on red light safety, hoon behaviour and burnout activity, police will be using a range of tactics to identify those that are choosing to do the wrong thing on our roads.

Detective acting Superintendent Donna Hofmeier said police were concerned with a small number of drivers who put other road users at risk.

“While the majority our drivers do the right thing each day on our roads, there is a percentage that are choosing to do things that are dangerous to other road users and themselves, said Detective a/Superintendent Hofmeier.

“We’ve had a number of incidents in just the past week that included failing to stop at intersections, excessive speeding, driving on the wrong side of the road and failing to stop for police.

“We are also examining some recent videos posted online of hoon behaviour and over the next couple of weeks, some of the people shown breaking traffic laws can expect to receive infringement notices.”

Motorists also need to recognise red lights are a key safety feature on our roads – not a hindrance that can be ignored. An average of more than 5500 infringements are issued by police and fixed cameras each year (2016-2021).

“We will be employing a range of methods to identify those drivers doing the wrong thing – and this is where the community can assist,” said Detective a/Superintendent Hofmeier.

“Please let police know about dangerous driving behaviour when you witness it. If you have dash cam footage you can provide that to us to assist in building a picture of a driver’s behaviour.”

Anyone with information about dangerous driving behaviour is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.

 

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