Monday, March 01, 2010

Strike Force Taipan on Dangerous Drivers and Cars

NSW Police News

Police from Strike Force Taipan issued more than two-dozen defect notices as they continued their crackdown on dangerous drivers and unroadworthy vehicles over the weekend.

The strike force was formed in 2007 to target illegal street racing, burnout offences and associated anti-social behaviour across the Sydney metropolitan area.

Police patrolling the La Perouse area, in Sydney’s south-east, on Friday night (26 February) inspected a large number of heavily-modified vehicles.

Officers issued 13 defect notices and 79 infringements for other traffic offences that night.

Meanwhile, on Saturday night (27 February), strike force officers arrested two ‘P1’ drivers after they were caught with too many passengers in their cars.

An 18-year-old woman was stopped by police on the M4 after they spotted her driving without headlights. She was found to have four teenage passengers in the car. The provisional driver received infringements for driving contrary to passenger restrictions and driving without headlamps.

An 18-year-old man was stopped by police after performing a burnout. A check of his vehicle revealed he had two teenage passengers onboard. He was issued infringements for the burnout and driving contrary to passenger restrictions.

Police also issued five defect notices for unroadworthy vehicles and a total of 38 traffic infringements on Saturday night.

On Sunday night (28 February), police clocked a 17-year-old ‘P1’ driver from Quakers Hill, in Sydney’s north-west, travelling at 102km/h in a 60km/h zone. He was issued an infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit by more than 30km/h and had his licence suspended.

Officers also returned to La Perouse and issued eight defect notices – two of the vehicles were towed from the scene due to dangerous modifications.

A total of 39 infringement notices were issued by strike force police on Sunday night.

“Strike Force Taipan has been working hard to remove dangerous drivers and unroadworthy vehicles from Sydney roads and stamp out associated anti-social behaviour,” Acting Traffic Services Commander, Assistant Commissioner Mick Fuller, said.

“That work will continue in a bid to make our roads safer,” he said.

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