24 speeding drivers in 24 hours: motorists rush towards Orange at Easter

POLICE caught 24 drivers speeding in Orange and the district in the 24 hours from Sunday morning to Monday morning, adding to the 70 drivers already booked for a range of infringements from the start of Operation Tortoise last Thursday.

The intensive roadside breath testing campaign maintained its intensity late Sunday and during the day yesterday, with police officers from the rank of Constable, right through to Inspectors and Crime Managers on the road breath testing drivers.

On a positive note, despite 443 random breath tests being carried out by police in Orange on Sunday, not one driver was caught with a positive blood alcohol reading.

One driver was pulled over by police for not wearing a seat belt and incurred double demerits points.

Eleven other drivers were booked for a range of infringements which included driving while talking on a mobile phone.

Sergeant Adam Cornish of Orange Police said the latest speeding statistics compiled for Sunday’s offences did not include Orange drivers.

“We have found that most of the people who have been speeding have either been visiting Orange or driving through,” he said.

Sergeant Cornish said drivers should be mindful that even though operation Tortoise ended at midnight last night there are only a couple of days to the start of Operation Slow Down designed to run over the Anzac weekend.

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