Thirty motorists have been charged or issued with infringement notices as part of an ongoing large-scale police operation in Goulburn and the Southern Highlands.
Officers from the Hume Police District, with help from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, carried out a blitz in the region and they say it won’t be the last.
Between Friday, 30 April, 2021, and Sunday, 2 May, 2021, 14 people were charged and 16 infringement notices were issued for prescribed concentration of alcohol (PCA) offences. Other serious traffic offences were also detected as part of Operation Chrome.
Among the worst was a 39-year-old disqualified driver allegedly travelling at almost twice the speed limit with a 14-year-old passenger in the car.
The Holden Commodore station wagon was spotted at about 11:30 pm on Friday, 30 April, allegedly travelling at 118km/h in a 60km/h zone on Kingsdale Road, Kingsdale.
The driver failed to stop and allegedly performed a U-turn to avoid police. A pursuit was initiated, travelling to Grafton Street, Goulburn, where the Holden stopped and the driver was arrested. A 14-year-old passenger was in the vehicle and inquiries revealed the Goulburn man was disqualified from driving until 2026.
He was arrested and taken to Goulburn Police Station, where he was charged with exceed speed by 45km/h, police pursuit – not stop – drive at speed, and drive motor vehicle during disqualification. He is due to appear at Goulburn Local Court this week.
In another incident, at about 12:25 am on Saturday, 1 May, officers attempted to stop a Mazda 3 travelling on Bendooley Street, Bowral. The Mazda allegedly drove away before hitting a gutter at the intersection of Wingecarribee Street.
The driver ran away and was arrested after a short foot pursuit. The 19-year-old man was subjected to a roadside breath test, returning a positive result. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, two passengers were located in the boot.
The driver was taken to Southern Highlands Police Station where he underwent a breath analysis, returning an alleged reading of 0.195. He was charged with drive with high range PCA and drive motor vehicle with person in or on boot of vehicle. His P2 provisional licence was suspended and he will face court.
Hume Police District Commander Superintendent Paul Condon said the number of motorists detected driving under the influence of alcohol is disappointing.
“Drivers have been made aware that if you plan on getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it’s highly likely you’ll encounter one of our officers,” he said.
“There are too many drivers placing themselves and others at risk with their selfish and dangerous driving behaviours. It was only due to police being in the right place at the right time that a potential tragedy has been avoided.”
Operation Chrome is an ongoing road safety initiative that will be run on a regular basis in Hume Police District.