International driver caught speeding to Parliament House tour

The speeding vehicle on Hume Highway, Yass. Photo: NSW Police Force.

The speeding vehicle on Hume Highway, Yass. Photo: NSW Police Force.

At about 2.11pm on Tuesday August 8, an international driver was detected at 162 km/h on the Hume Highway at Yass.

The driver then proceeded to speed up to 169 km/h. He was issued an infringement notice of speeding at 45 km/h more than the speed limit and a fine of $2384.

His driving privileges in NSW were also revoked.

The vehicle was not confiscated as the the vehicle was a rental.

The driver stated he was in a hurry to catch a Parliament House tour at 3pm..

Operation Compliance 3 targets road safety risks

Police across NSW are focusing on key road-safety risks today (August 9) in a one-day blitz that aims to hold road drivers accountable and drive down the state’s road toll.

During today’s operation, named Operation Compliance 3, officers from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command will focus on drivers using mobile phones while driving, not wearing seat belts, and driving poorly maintained vehicles.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith of the state's Traffic and Highway Patrol Command said it was those drivers continuing to put themselves, their passengers and other road users at risk that will be the targeted throughout the day.

“Despite seat belts being compulsory since 1971, there are some drivers and their passengers that continue to run the risk of serious injury, or even death in a crash.”

“Also, law changes in 2012 have made it legal for some drivers to operate mobile phones in an approved cradle, via bluetooth in the vehicle; however police still continue to see drivers with the phone up to their ear or looking down sending a text, not concentrating on the road.”

“These issues, combined with vehicles that are defective, only add to the risks on our roads,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Smith said.

In the last financial year, police issued 21,672 infringements to drivers and passengers not wearing seat belts, 39,007 for drivers using mobile phones, and 25,175 for vehicle defects.

“Although the road toll is currently at 10 less than this time last year, it still sits at 230, which is a lot of people who haven’t made it home to their loved ones,” he said.

Alcohol, drug detected

An 18 year-old female driver was stopped for an RBT at 2.45am on Barton Highway, Murrumbateman on August 6.

Result showed a reading of 0.027. She was arrested and conveyed to Yass Police Station where she went a further breath analysis test.

She was charged with a special-range prescribed concentration of alcohol as she was on her provisional P1 licence.

On the same day, a 32 year-old male was detected travelling 130 km/h in 110  km/h zone on Hume highway, Bowning.

The driver was also subjected to an oral fluid drug test, which resulted in a positive detection of methamphetamine. He was arrested and taken to Yass Police station. He will be charged based on results that are yet to be finalised.

The driver received infringements for driving while under the influence of drugs and speeding. He also received fines on the spot.

Fire and Rescue responds to alarm at KFC

A CO2 issue at Yass KFC triggered an alarm just after 10.30pm on Sunday, August 6. Emergency services, including Yass Fire and Rescue, attended the scene.

Yass Fire and Rescue at KFC due to an alarm. Photo: Andrew McGrath.

Yass Fire and Rescue at KFC due to an alarm. Photo: Andrew McGrath.

All staff and customers were evacuated with no injuries reported. The crew members left at about before midnight after the initial investigation provided safety clearance.

Fire and Rescue duty Captain Pete Green said they attended the situation to identify the cause.

“The CO2 triggered the alarm for some reason. Fortunately, there was no leak, but whether it was the sensing in the alarm system or not, we’re unsure. We advised the store to get technical support,” Mr Green said.