Police targeting rural roads and highways

Yesterday, police in Southern Tasmania targeted rural roads and highways, where we know serious and fatal crashes occur.

A range of vehicles were used, including motorbikes and both high-visibility and semi-marked cars.

In Bagdad one driver was caught travelling at 110km/h in an 80 zone, and after being breath tested returned a reading of .135 – more than two and a half times the legal limit. He was charged with drink driving and speeding offences.

About 10 other people were detected speeding on the Lyell Highway, and one person was caught crossing double white lines.

Nine people were caught speeding in Port Arthur, including one person who was detected travelling at 127km/h in a 100 zone.

In Tunbridge, one person was detected travelling almost 40km/h over the speed limit, and nine people were caught speeding by 15km/h or more.

“Speeding is dangerous, and we need all motorists to understand that,” said Senior Sergeant Justin Lawson.

“While police don’t set the speed limits, we do enforce them because our job is about keeping people safe.”

“We want to make sure everyone gets where they’re going in one piece.”