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Results of traffic operation of concern to police

POLICE have urged motorists to do the right thing following a recent traffic operation at New Norfolk where several drivers were allegedly found breaking the road rules. Inspector Philippa Burk said Tasmania Police had conducted a high-visibility traffic operation in New Norfolk on February 23, using multiple resources including a drone, general uniformed officers, and road and public order police.

Inspector Burk said the operation had targetted speeding, drink and drug driving, and hooning offences, with the aim of deterring and reducing errant driver behaviour to keep the community safe. Results of the operation were:

93 random breath tests conducted 
3 oral fluid drug tests conducted – with two drivers allegedly returning a positive result  
5 drivers allegedly speeding at 10-14km/h above the limit 
3 drivers allegedly speeding at 15-22km/h above the limit 
2 drivers intercepted in unregistered vehicles.

“Disappointingly, a number of road users continue to do the wrong thing which puts themselves and other road users at risk,” said Inspector Burk. “Our message to the community is clear – do the right thing and help keep everyone safe on our roads. Driving even a few kilometres over the speed limit is over.”

Inspector Burk also urged members of the public to report hooning behaviour to police and provide evidence wherever possible to assist a police investigation. Registration number, vehicle make and model, possible driver identification, and footage (dash cam and CCTV) can assist police to identify and charge offenders and remove them from the roads. Information can be provided by calling police on 131 444 or anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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