Two recent incidents on NSW roads have prompted police to issue a plea for drivers to exercise caution and consideration this long weekend.
In two separate incidents yesterday in Queanbeyan, drivers refused to stop when signalled to by police vehicles, choosing instead to flee at high speed.
At around 3.45 pm, officers attempted to stop a Nissan Pulsar after checks revealed it hadn’t been registered since October 2012.
Instead of stopping, the Pulsar drove away at speeds of up to 90 km/h in a 50 km/h zone.
The 27-year-old driver eventually stopped and was arrested by officers. He was later charged with ten offences including negligent driving, driving in a manner dangerous to the public, and for failing to stop when pursued by police.
Later at around 8.19 pm, officers entered into a high speed pursuit of a Holden Monaro which failed to stop after police activated their siren in response to the dangerous manner in which it was being driven.
The car fled police at speeds of up to 130 km/h, crossing two major intersections at high speed before coming to a rest in a grassed area.
Police charged the 24-year-old driver with several offences including driving whilst suspended, fleeing police pursuit and driving in a manner dangerous to the public.
Acting superintendent Mark Cook of Traffic and Highway Patrol Command said officers were frustrated with drivers not heeding warnings and driving dangerously.
“We are again urging all motorists to exercise extra caution on the roads this Australia Day long weekend, as a large number of families are expected to start travelling home from holiday destinations today,” said Mr Cook in a statement released today (January 25).
NSW police announced yesterday that double demerit points will be in place during the long weekend.
In particular, officers will be looking out for speeding motorists, drink and drug-impaired road users, unrestrained vehicle occupants, and fatigued drivers and riders.
“The impact of double demerits can mean the loss of your licence, but dangerous driving can mean the difference between you or others arriving home alive,” Mr Cook warned.
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