Messages from ACT Policing
Last Updated: Tuesday, 21 October 2014 14:04
Police seek assistance to locate missing woman
ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance to help locate a missing 50-year-old woman, who has not been seen since Friday (October 10).
The woman, Margaret Cooper, left home at 6pm on October 10 and attended the Tradies Club in Dickson.
Around 9pm Margaret returned home in a cab and informed her daughter that she was heading out into the City. She did not return home prompting her daughter to contact police.
Margaret was wearing a maroon singlet with a large floral pattern, black knee length pants and was carrying a brown leather handbag.
Margaret is also known to reside in Umina, NSW.
Anyone who has seen Margaret or knows her whereabouts is asked to call police on 131-444.
Missing woman: Margaret Cooper
Traffic targeting; from buckling belts to seeing the signs
ACT Policing caught 39 drivers for seatbelt offences during September and will now move to targeting traffic control offences during October as part of its multi-agency road safety strategy.
Of the 39 seatbelt offence, 36 were for drivers not wearing their seatbelt and 3 for passengers not wearing seatbelts or not properly restrained. One was for a driver with a child passenger, between the ages of one and seven years old, not wearing a seatbelt.
Traffic Operations Acting Superintendent Rod Anderson said the seatbelt offences were low compared to previous targeted operations.
“We hope that the relatively low number of people caught during this month of targeting shows that more Canberra drivers are getting the message. Still, there are some drivers who continue to risk their lives by not wearing seatbelts or allow their passengers or children to ride without seatbelts or proper restraints,” Acting Superintendent Anderson said.
ACT Policing will now focus on traffic control offences during the month of October. This includes motorists disobeying red/yellow lights and arrows, not stopping or giving way at intersections and not using a roundabout correctly.
TAMS statistics show that about half of all collisions on ACT roads occur at intersections. Of those, around one tenth results in injuries or death.
“If drivers think they can sneak through a red light or roll through a stop sign without consequence, they should think again.Failure by a motorist to obey traffic controls is an over-represented factor in collisions that result in serious injuries or fatalities.”
“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility, so it's paramount that motorists obey traffic rules to ensure the safety of everyone traveling on our roads,” Acting Superintendent Anderson said.
Fines for different traffic control offences range from a minimum of $203 and two demerit points to $340 and three demerit points for each offence.
Suspicious male loitering around areas where young people gather in Belconnen
ACT Policing are requesting information in relation to a suspicious male that has been loitering around schools, parks, skate parks and children’s play grounds.The male is described as Caucasian, 40-55 years old, slim build, approximately 180cm, blonde/light coloured shoulder length hair. Police are requesting any sightings of the male or suspicious incidents to be reported immediately to 131444, paying particular attention to details such as, description of the alleged offender, time and location of the offence as well as any suspicious vehicles signed in the area at the time.