Po­lice crack­down nabs hoons Speed­sters’ cars seized

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - SA­MAN­THA HEALY sa­man­tha. healy@ news. com. au

LEAD­FOOT id­iots are hav­ing their ve­hi­cles seized af­ter be­ing clocked trav­el­ling at dan­ger­ous speeds across North Queens­land.

In the latest in­ci­dent, a 19year- old Mount Isa woman was caught ex­ceed­ing the speed limit by al­most 60km/ h.

She was stopped by po­lice in Pent­land, east of Hugh­en­den, af­ter an of­fi­cer recorded a speed of 168km/ h in a 110km/ h speed zone.

Hugh­en­den po­lice of­fi­cerin- charge Sergeant Scott Spence said the woman was lucky to be alive.

“Out here we have so many prob­lems with kan­ga­roos and cat­tle,” Sgt Spence said. “Imag­ine hit­ting one at 168km/ h. You’d be dead.”

The woman was fined $ 1062, re­ceived eight de­merit points and had her ve­hi­cle seized for 90 days.

Sgt Spence said there was no short­age of speed­ing driv­ers on the Flin­ders High­way.

“We quite of­ten get them trav­el­ling at 140- plus. It is stupid. It’s a scourge,” he said.

“I have 30 years of ( po­lice) ser­vice and have been to some hor­rific ac­ci­dents where speed was the fac­tor.

“Cars are built to crum­ple so the dam­age is hor­rific and if the per­son isn’t fa­tally in­jured they are lucky.”

Dur­ing a six- month op­er­a­tion, po­lice from ev­ery sta­tion west of Townsville turned their fo­cus on to the Flin­ders High­way.

In

that

time,

more

than 2300 RBTs were con­ducted, 348 traf­fic in­fringe­ment no­tices were handed out and 23 peo­ple were busted with drugs.

“Dur­ing that pe­riod, when we in­creased our road pres­ence, we had a 50 per cent de­crease in traf­fic crashes and no fa­tal­i­ties,” Sgt Spence said.

“We had two fa­tal­i­ties the pre­vi­ous year.”

Sgt Spence said they had also caught peo­ple rid­ing in the back of util­i­ties on the high­way on two oc­ca­sions.

Mean­while, a Townsville man, 22, was clocked trav­el­ling at more than twice the speed limit on the Dou­glas Ar­te­rial Rd on June 30.

Po­lice in­ter­cepted the ve­hi­cle trav­el­ling at 202km/ h in the 100km/ h zone. The man was fined $ 1062, re­ceived eight de­merit points, had his ve­hi­cle seized and was or­dered not to drive for six months.

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