A not so slow Easter for police

OPERATION TORTOISE: NSW Police launched Operation Tortoise for the Easter Weekend but were surprised by the number of people who were fined for speeding.
OPERATION TORTOISE: NSW Police launched Operation Tortoise for the Easter Weekend but were surprised by the number of people who were fined for speeding.

Police and Highway Patrol Officers were surprised and left frustrated over the Easter weekend by the number of drivers on Cootamundra Local Area Command roads that ignored their message to go slow and arrive alive.

Sergeant Jim Prentice of Cootamundra Highway Patrol said the number of seat belt restraint offences alone was “very disturbing” with 13 tickets issued over the Easter weekend.

“It shouldn’t happen with click-clack front and back, it’s very disappointing, just despicable,” Sergeant Prentice said. 

Cootamundra Highway Patrol reported they conducted 4,256 breath tests over the five day Easter period with three high range PCA offences recorded.

Sergeant Prentice said that majority of drivers on the road were well behaved, however they push the boundaries when they are on the highway. 

A total of 126 speeding tickets were issued over the weekend within the Cootamundra Local Area Command and Riverina Cluster Area. 

A learner driver was caught doing 142 km/h. The driver’s licence was suspended on the spot and the driver’s father was issued a failure to supervise. 

A B-Double truck was caught speeding at 123 km/h. A provisional driver was found driving at 144 km/h in a 110 km/h zone. 

An out-of-state male driver was caught travelling at 166 km/h, his licence was suspended on the spot and he received a court attendance notice.

Highway patrol and police issued 111 tickets for other driving related offences throughout the weekend.

Sergeant Prentice said the Highway patrol unit received great assistance from local and other police units over the five days of Operation Tortoise.