Police have found 14 people crammed into a single ute during an outback road patrol from Katherine yesterday.
Four were on the roof, six were in the rear tray and four were in the cab.
Only one, the driver, had a seat belt on.
The passengers included a number of woman and children, police said.
Police came across the dangerously overcrowded ute during patrols from Katherine to Wadeye yesterday.
A total of 54 infringement notices were issued.
Police said after stopping the ute the vehicle was subsequently defected and multiple infringement notices were issued.
A total of 54 infringement notices were issued during the traffic patrol for:
- 2 x Child Unrestrained
- 35 x Adult Passenger Fail To Wear Seat Belt
- 2 x Exceed Speed 1-15km/H Over Limit
- 3 x Drive With Expired Licence More Than 2 Months
- 2 x Drive No "L" Plates Displayed
- 1 x Drive Unregistered Motor Vehicle Less Than 12 Months
- 4 x Passenger Ride On Outside Of Vehicle
- 6 x Passenger Travel In Open Load Space
Senior Sergeant Angela Stringer of the Road Policing Unit said police can only do so much so keep people safe on the roads and the rest is up to the public.
"Driving with overcrowded vehicles is dangerous and if you have a crash it is highly likely that multiple people will die. The likelihood of other serious injuries like brain damage, life altering spinal injuries, amputations is also high.
"It's time we all take responsibility and drive so others survive."
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