Cops’ desperate plea after 7-vehicle crash

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ACT Police are pleading with motorists to ‘consider others’ after a terrible week on the roads. Picture: Supplied

ACT police officers are pleading with Canberrans to “consider others” after a horror week of serious road crashes, including a multi-vehicle crash involving seven vehicles.

On Wednesday, the Road Policing Team attended two crashes on the northbound lanes of the Tuggeranong Parkway, one involving four vehicles and the other involving seven, the police said.

A third collision involving three vehicles occurred in the southbound lanes a short time later.

Then on Thursday, there were another two multi-vehicle collisions along Drakeford Drive and the Tuggeranong Parkway.

There was also a collision between a car and a motorbike, with the rider taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The chaos continued on Friday, with a further three collisions in the northbound lanes of the Tuggeranong Parkway near the Arboretum between 5.15pm and 6.15pm.

The police also caught two instances of high range drink driving, with one driver returning a blood alcohol concentration of 0.153 on the Majura Parkway and a second driver returning a blood alcohol concentration of 0.140 on Isabella Drive in Gowrie.

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ACT Police officers attended several multi-vehicle car crashes last week. Picture: Supplied

And then in a shocking display of extreme speed driving, a 47-year-old man was caught travelling at 137 km/h in an 80km/h zone.

He was issued with an immediate suspension notice, suspending his licence for 90 days, had his vehicle seized, fined $1,841 and received a penalty of six demerit points.

Superintendent for road and proactive policing Brian Diplock pleaded with motorists to “consider others” to reduce the carnage.

“We have seen several collisions on our roads this week and people have been seriously injured,” he said.

“If you are getting behind the wheel, make sure you can clearly see where you’re going, pay attention to the road and leave enough room between you and the vehicle in front of you to allow you to stop in an emergency.

“We are seeing far too many incidents of people driving distracted, impaired, speeding, or not paying attention through intersections.

“Poor driving behaviour can have tragic consequences and the risks are multiplied if you’re speeding or driving impaired.

“Please consider others who are sharing the road with you. Drive to survive and make it home at the end of the day.”