Canberra, ACT: Crackdown on foolish speeding cites luck being on the side of a teenage motorist

28 Dec

Police in Canberra launched a Christmas crackdown on foolish speeding on December 23rd, 2014, the day after a teenage motorist narrowly avoided a high-speed collision with a freight train.

The campaign launched jointly by ACT police with officers from New South Wales (NSW) is part of a wider Australasian Christmas road safety campaign began with an almost fatal cautionary tale involving a 17-year-old motorist from Canberra. ACT Police has said that he was driving at 112kph in a 60kph zone at 14.30 near Griffith, NSW, on December 22nd, 2014, and failed to stop at the level crossing, narrowly missing a freight train.

He has been fined for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45kph and for not stopping at a level crossing, and had his rights to drive in NSW withdrawn. However this sanction proved ineffective as he was found to be driving another vehicle just three-hours later. Now he has been bailed to appear in court on March 4th, 2015.

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