Man caught 80km/h over limit
with two children in car
A MAN has had his licence suspended on the spot after being caught driving almost 80km/h over the speed limit with two children in the car on the Hume Highway north of Albury.
Highway Patrol officers allegedly clocked a Subaru WRX travelling at 189km/h in the 110km/h limit at Table Top on Thursday afternoon.
The 29-year-old, from Sydney’s Guildford West, was issued with an infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit over 45km/h and had his licence suspended on the spot.
Police allege the man was travelling with an adult passenger and two children in the car.
Meanwhile, police will target unsafe driver behaviour during a four-month traffic blitz on the Hume Highway.
Operation Highway 31 runs from July to October, focusing on reducing the incidence of road trauma and promoting the free flow of traffic.
Officers attached to Traffic and Highway Patrol Command will be conducting extensive patrols of the Hume Highway from Pheasants Nest, south of Sydney, through to Albury.
The operation focuses on the enforcement of speeding, drink-driving and other unsafe driving behaviours such as fatigue.
Acting Traffic and Highway Patrol Operations Commander, Acting Superintendent Gregory Lynch, says police are working closely with Roads and Maritime Services to reduce further road trauma.
“Over the last three years, there have been more than 1200 major traffic crashes on the Hume Highway,” says Acting Superintendent Lynch.
“Almost 400 of those crashes resulted in serious injuries and 23 were fatal crashes.
“Speeding, drink-and-drug-driving and fatigue are known killers on the road. Operation Highway 31 is in place to combat these and other unsafe driver behaviours.”
In addition, officers will promote the free flow of traffic by monitoring conditions and reporting real-time information to the Traffic Management Centre.
“The Hume Highway is a major inter-city highway and a vital link for road freight to transport goods between Sydney and Melbourne, as well as serving Albury-Wodonga and Canberra,” says Acting Superintendent Lynch.
“This operation provides a highly-visible policing response to incidents along the highway and aims to keep traffic disruptions to a minimum.
“Operation Highway 31 coincides with the SnowSafe campaign that encourages motorists take extra care when driving to the snowfields, particularly focusing on driving to road and weather conditions.
“All motorists have a responsibility to themselves – and to all other road users – to obey the speed limit and drive responsibly,” Acting Superintendent Lynch says.
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