Christopher Knaus June 08, 2012
A P-plater was caught speeding on the Hume Highway nearly 70km/h over the limit last night, frustrating police as they launch their long-weekend road safety blitz.
The woman, 20, was caught speeding down the highway near Mittagong at 159km/h about 9.40pm last night.
Goulburn police were conducting speed enforcement on the highway, and pulled over the Peugeot 206 hatchback.
The woman was hit with a $1915 fine for travelling at faster than 45km/h over the 90km/h posted limit.
The incident comes as ACT and NSW Police kick off the Queen's Birthday long weekend campaign, codenamed Operation Stay Alert.
NSW Police are planning a high visibility campaign, with increased patrols and random breath and drug tests.
Double demerits will also be in force, and police are likely to again target the main arterial roads in and out of Canberra.
The campaign will run until midnight Monday.
Last year, police issued 108 traffic infringement notices and 38 cautions over the long weekend.
Thirteen drivers were found to be over the blood-alcohol limit with a highest reading of .183.
In 2009, 86 fines and 44 cautions were handed out by police.
The ACT has had a poor lead-up to the long-weekend this year, with four fatalities since the end of April.
A 53-year-old man, whose identity has not been released, was killed in a two car crash in Narrabundah on Tuesday night.
The crash occurred at a dangerous intersection, well known to locals for its poor visibility and confusing give way rules.