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Speeding drivers beware
BY RODERICK SHAW
28/07/2009 10:27:00 AM
POLICE are targeting motorists in the Blacktown region more frequently over the next three months.Officers will work longer shifts, use more speed cameras and set up more random breath-test stops.
They will be stationed on main roads and suburban streets commonly used for short-cuts.
Blacktown Council and Quakers Hill police launched Operation Avenger II this month.
It is on until October 31.
``If you are caught drink-driving you will be arrested and put before a court,'' Quakers Hill highway patrol supervisor Sergeant Craig Hamilton said.
``You will be fined, lose your licence and have a criminal record. It's just not worth the risk.''
Sergeant Hamilton also said that motorists should be aware that speed cameras are amazingly accurate.
He said they could detect speeding vehicles at more than 600metres, even when travelling among other vehicles on multi-lane roads.
Blacktown Mayor Charlie Lowles said the council was keen to see fewer road accidents.
``We remind motorists that alcohol and driving just don't mix,'' he said. ``Slowing down to the speed limit increases their ability to respond to dangers on the road.''
Sergeant Hamilton said the more motorists who knew police were out there in greater numbers, the better.
``They see us, word gets out, even on the radio, and people slow down,'' he said.
``People getting the word out are doing our job for us.''
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