The NSW police have been busy overnight, pursuing speeders and street racers who are putting the safety of others on the road at risk.
In the early hours of this morning (Monday August 20), four teenagers were driving recklessly in a white stolen Holden Rodeo along the Pacific Highway at Woodburn, New Italy and Harwood.
The police tried to pursue them on three separate counts, but each time had to call off the chase due to safety concerns.
The vehicle eventually came to a stop by colliding with a Toyota Rav4 in Ulmarra. The Toyota rolled onto its side and was carrying a driver and his passenger, but fortunately neither of them were seriously injured.
They were both treated for minor injuries at the scene and then taken to Grafton Base Hospital for further check-up.
As for the four teenage passengers of the stolen Holden, they were each arrested and taken to Grafton Police Station.
The 17-year-old male driver was issued with four charges of police pursuit, as well as reckless driving, negligent driving, driving in a manner dangerous to the public and receiving property stolen outside of NSW.
He was carrying three female passengers, aged 13, 14 and 17. Each of these young girls were also arrested and charged with being carried in conveyance.
Since they were all refused bail, they are scheduled to appear in court today.
It is fortunate that their reckless behaviour did not cost anyone their lives – travelling at high speeds while being pursued by police is highly dangerous and could have had very serious consequences for both the teenagers and other cars on the road.
Earlier that same evening, at approximately 22:00, police caught two men who were allegedly street racing near Penrith.
One of them was driving a purple Nissan 180SX, the other a white Nissan Skyline. According to police they were racing side by side along the Great Western Highway.
Both of the men will appear in court – date to be confirmed. However, motorists can rest assured that they will not be posing a threat to the road anytime soon, with both of them having their licence plates and driver’s licenses suspended.
These are just some examples of how reckless driver behaviour can result in serious consequences.
If you or a family member are ever the victim of a road accident, then you may be eligible for compensation.