LAST week police attached to Cowra Traffic and Highway Patrol caught a member of the Comanchero OMCG speeding through a school zone in a B-double truck while using a handheld mobile phone.
About 9.15am, police were performing speed enforcement duties outside a primary school on Cowra-Carcoar Rd, Cowra, when they observed a B-double truck travelling above the speed limit and moving erratically across the roadway.
Using Lidar to measure the heavy vehicle's speed, officers determined the truck was travelling at 63km/h - 23km/h above the 40km/h school zone limit.
Officers also noticed that the driver of the truck was using a handheld mobile phone.
Police stopped the vehicle and the driver - a 35-year-old man from Blue Haven - admitted to speeding and using a handheld mobile device while driving.
The man, who is a patched member of the Comanchero OMCG, was issued traffic infringement notices for:
- Exceeding the speed limit by more than 10km/h in a school zone; and,
- Using a mobile phone while driving in a school zone.
Meanwhile, Traffic and Highway Patrol officers have reported a number of other incidents involving trucks overnight last Thursday, including three truck drivers who were booked for speed limiter tampering offences.
At 12.05am today (Friday 30 November 2012), officers attached to Albury Traffic and Highway Patrol, detected a B-double truck travelling at 128km/h on the Hume Highway near Tarcutta.
A short time later, about 12.50am, officers attached to the Coonabarabran Traffic and Highway Patrol detected two B-double trucks speeding on the Newell Highway, Warkton. Both heavy vehicles were travelling at 127km/h.
All three drivers were fined for exceeding the speed limit and having non-compliant speed limiters. Across Australia, the speed limit for all heavy vehicles is 100km/h.
Traffic and Highway Patrol officers were also called to a number of truck crashes overnight, including a collision involving two prime movers on the Pacific Highway between Woodburn and Broadwater. The collision, which occurred about 1.30am today (Friday 30 November 2012), resulted in the driver of one of the trucks sustaining a number of compound fractures to his right leg.
Operations Commander of the Traffic and Highway Patrol, Superintendent Stuart Smith, said police and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) would continue to work together to get rogue trucks off NSW roads.
"You cannot excuse speeding in any vehicle, especially not in a heavy truck," Superintendent Smith said.
We have seen the shocking devastation one speeding truck can cause and want to assure law-abiding motorists that we will continue to work with RMS Inspectors to get dangerous trucks and truck drivers off our roads.
Superintendent Smith added that police will continue to target all aspects of heavy vehicle compliance, including log book management and load restraint.
"Trucks play a critical role in the Australian economy but due to their sheer size they also pose a very real danger to other road users when they are not managed appropriately," Superintendent Smith said.
"We are willing to work closely with trucking industry leaders who are passionate about truck safety but will not tolerate the small, rogue element who continue to put lives at risk by recklessly neglecting and tampering with their vehicles."