Police give drivers a ‘very ordinary’ rating

A BUS driver, an L-plater and P-plater are among dozens of drivers who have lost their licences after a long weekend marred by speeding.

The Oxley Command booked eight people for not buckling up – the highest rate recorded across the Western Region.

And the bad behaviour didn’t end there – Oxley also recorded the second highest number of drivers booked for topping the speed limit.

“Very, very ordinary performance,” Barwon Highway Patrol Cluster Senior Sergeant Peter McMenamin told The Leader.

“We are the highest in non-compliance in terms of seatbelts across the Western Region and second for speeding across the same region.”

And the New England didn’t fare much better with seven nabbed for not wearing a seatbelt.

“There is no plausible excuse for not putting your seatbelt on when you get into a car,” Senior Sergeant McMenamin said.

Operation Stay Alert saw police saturate local roads, highways and even back routes, but motorists still pushed the limits.

During the blitz, a P-plater was nabbed at 134km per hour at 8.35pm on Monday on the New England Highway at Tamworth.

Police said the girl, who is restricted to 90km/h, wasn’t wearing P-plates and was driving a restricted vehicle.

Meanwhile, a learner driver who was booked travelling at more than 140km at Gunnedah unaccompanied has been hit in the hip pocket.

He had the number plates on his car confiscated and was handed close to $2000 in fines, while a bus driver was booked travelling 120km per hour in a 100 zone and will lose his licence.

“The consequences of speeding are incredible, it’s not only your licence but you can also lose your livelihood and your lifestyle,” Senior Sergeant McMenamin said.

New England highway patrol officers nabbed 74 for speeding, while Barwon booked 40 and Oxley more than doubled that with 86 infringements issued.

“Speeding is a risk at the best of times, let alone during double demerits and long weekend traffic on the roads,” Senior Sergeant McMenamin said.

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