Media release

Traffic offences – Darwin area

Police

Northern Territory Police have been left disappointed with the behaviour of motorists on Territory roads over the long weekend.

Darwin Traffic Operations issued more than 100 infringements to drivers for various offences, including 85 tickets for excessive speed on Friday and Saturday nights.

Four vehicles were impounded for hooning on Tiger Brennan Drive on Saturday night. All four were involved in what will be alleged as drag racing. Two of the vehicles had their speed detected at 144km/h, and the other two at 166km/h. The incidents occurred within half an hour of each other.

Senior Sergeant John Ginnane said, “On Friday night we impounded a motorcycle after the 19-year-old learner rider was caught hooning and executing wheelies on McMillans Road. He was fined more than $2000 and lost 5 demerit points.

“Another driver, a 33-year-old male, was clocked doing 152km/h in a 100km zone on Tiger Brennan Drive.

On Saturday night, a 16-year-old P-plater was detected travelling at 145km/h in an 80km zone on Pioneer drive in Herbert. He will receive a summons for driving at a speed dangerous to the public.

“Also on Saturday night, a 64-year-old man was detected riding a motorbike at 157km in a 100km zone on Tiger Brennan Drive and also returned a positive breath test. He’s received a Notice to Appear for speeding and medium range drink driving.

A driver was seen deliberately losing traction in his vehicle while exiting a shopping centre in Palmerston on Saturday night. Police found a disqualified driver behind the wheel, who returned a breath test of 0.243 also had passengers in the vehicle. He will be summonsed to appear before court.

“These are just some of the incidents we dealt with on the weekend. Police are well aware that this is V8 Supercars Week in Darwin, and would remind motorists that because your motor vehicle is capable of travelling at excessive speeds, they are not compelled to demonstrate that on roads used by other people including families with young children. 

“Driving is a privilege and a responsibility. This type of behaviour is completely unacceptable and puts the lives of everyone on the roads at risk. Police will continue to target unsafe drivers and hold them to account.”

PFES Media