NSW Police's Easter long weekend operation in action

IN OUR SIGHTS: Traffic and Highway Patrol Command Senior Constable Jason Marks  checking motorists' speed in Bathurst. Photo: PHIL BLATCH 122216pbspeed2

IN OUR SIGHTS: Traffic and Highway Patrol Command Senior Constable Jason Marks checking motorists' speed in Bathurst. Photo: PHIL BLATCH 122216pbspeed2

A P-PLATER caught driving 65km/h above the speed limit in Bathurst is among a string of motorists caught doing the wrong thing this Easter long weekend.

NSW Police kicked off Operation Tortoise on Thursday with double demerit points issued to motorists caught speeding, drink and drug-driving, using their mobile phone and not wearing seatbelts.

But the heavy police presence across Bathurst and potential loss of driver’s licence failed to deter some drivers.

At 11.50pm on Friday, Bathurst Police detected a male p-plater driving at 135km/h along Hereford Street where the sign-posted speed limit was 70km/h.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command Sergeant Peter Foran said the man’s licence was suspended on the spot and he was issued an infringement notice for travelling at more than 45 km/h above the limit.

In the early hours of Monday, police detected a 23-year-old male motorist travelling at 89km/h in a 60km/h zone on Sydney Road.

The motorist already had a suspended driver’s licence.

We need to make sure motorists still focus on their behaviour. - Traffic and Highway Patrol Command's Peter Foran

A number of drink drivers have also been caught across the long weekend.

On Sunday morning, a female learner driver and her supervising driver were subjected to random breath tests. The supervising driver returned a positive reading.

On Saturday at 7.30pm a 45-year-old male returned a positive low-range result.

“We’re disappointed that we’re still getting the drink driving matters,” Sgt Foran said.

By midnight on Sunday, 2600 random breath tests had been conducted across the Chifley Local Area Command.

Police also issued 76 speeding tickets across the command, with 44 infringements for other offences such as mobile phones. Multiple restraint offences for drivers or their passengers not wearing seatbelts were also detected.

With school holidays continuing, Sgt Foran urged motorists drive with care: “We need to make sure motorists still focus on their behaviour to get everyone home safe.”

Operation Tortoise concludes at 11.59pm on Monday, April 17.

The Easter long weekend marked 20 years since double demerits were first introduced in 1997.

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