Police to maintain presence despite end of operation

Out in force: Highway patrol officers in Orana detected 45 speeding drivers during the four days of Operation Slow Down. Photo: FILE
Out in force: Highway patrol officers in Orana detected 45 speeding drivers during the four days of Operation Slow Down. Photo: FILE

Police have vowed they will continue to have a strong presence on Western Region roads despite Operation Slow Down coming to an end.

Results from the four-day operation had police shaking their heads, with a total of 45 drivers caught speeding in the Orana region, two booked for not wearing a seat belt and 45 other infringements handed out.

The incidents were roughly in line with results from the same operation in 2016, while for the wider Western Region offences were up.

There was some positive signs with half the number of drink drivers detected compared to last year.

Officers conducted more than 17,000 breath tests across the region, including 1800 in Orana, and just 16 drivers were charged. It was down from 30 12 months earlier.

Dubbo was host to one of the worst displays of driving during the campaign, with a P-plater caught doing 127 kilometres per hour in a 50km/h zone in Fitzroy Street on Sunday.

Across the wider region, a 38-year-old woman in Mudgee was breath tested in the early hours of Friday morning and returned a reading of .216. She had been driving with her eight-year-old daughter in the car.

On Monday a man at Canowindra pulled into a fuel station with two young children who weren’t wearing seat belts.

Investigations revealed the man was the holder of an expired learner’s licence.

He was issued fines for driving with an expired licence and driving with children not restrained.

The Western Region has just one fatality, a 61-year-old truck driver who was killed at Cobar when his truck carrying heavy mining equipment crossed to the incorrect side of the Kidman Way and rolled. He died at the scene.

He was one of five killed on the state’s roads over the four days, while two others were killed when their utility rolled on a property near Hay.

Western Region Highway Patrol officer Sergeant Jason Bush said Sydney highway patrol officers had assisted with the Western Region operation and could return for future campaigns.