New Strike Force targets high risk drivers – Traffic & Highway Patrol Command
Friday, 29 June 2018
A new specialist team targeting high risk drivers who pose a significant threat to the community has been established by the NSW Police Force Traffic and Highway Patrol Command.
Strike Force Puma will focus on drivers with a history of licence offences and a repeated history of drink and drug driving offences, and drivers with extreme and erratic behaviours.
The team will also investigate and prosecute motorists using information received from law enforcement agencies as well as video footage from sources such as social media and dash cam.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy was joined by Minister for Police Troy Grant to announce the team in Sydney today (Friday 29 June 2018).
Assistant Commissioner Corboy said the horror road toll over Christmas and New Year, specifically the head-on crash claiming five lives, including four members of the Falkholt family near Sussex Inlet on 26 December 2017, was one of the catalysts for the initiative.
“This is a new strategy to specifically target recidivist traffic offenders and those who ignore regular traffic enforcement,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.
“So far this year 169 people have died in 158 crashes, and of those, six people were killed by drivers who were unlicensed, disqualified or suspended.
“We will not tolerate high risk and irresponsible driving behaviour that puts other road users at risk.”
The team, including general duties and specialist officers, will operate in metropolitan and regional areas across the state as part of a strategy to target recidivist traffic offenders on the road.
“We need the assistance of the public and we want anyone on the road who witnesses dangerous and menacing driving, such as overtaking several cars across double unbroken lines and narrowly avoiding other vehicles, or has footage of it to contact local police or Crime Stoppers,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.
“The community needs to work with us to bring about a cultural change in driver attitude and behaviour.”
Minister Grant welcomed the new proactive police unit targeting our state’s worst drivers.
“All too often, high-risk drivers and repeat offenders are jumping behind the wheel only to flout the road rules once again and put other people’s lives in danger,” Mr Grant said.
“The NSW Police Force already has specialist units to proactively target repeat offenders of other crimes such as domestic violence, and they are now applying this disruptive and targeted approach to high-risk drivers.
“Too many people have already lost lives on NSW roads this year. I urge people to slow down, follow the road rules and think about how their actions can affect the safety of others on the roads.”
Police are urging anyone with information about high risk driving behaviour to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our social media pages.