A 19-YEAR-OLD P-plate driver from Mackay was caught driving a Suzuki sedan at 142km per hour in a 100km zone on the Bruce Highway at 10.40am on Wednesday, April 2.
The man was unable to explain why he was travelling at such an excessive speed and was issued with a High Speed Infringement Notice, which carries a penalty of $1026 and eight demerit points, as well as a six-month licence suspension.
Officer in Charge of the Proserpine Police Station Sergeant Nathan Blain said this was a clear example of someone flouting the road rules and having complete disregard for the safety of himself and other road users.
Sgt Blain said the man was travelling at about 39 metres per second and if anything had happened to his vehicle or a sudden obstruction had appeared on the road he would have travelled a considerable distance by the time he could react and more than likely would have crashed.
“The trauma caused in [a] crash at that speed is terrible and would most likely result in death or significant permanent serious injuries,” he said.
“It is every driver’s responsibility to drive to conditions and the road rules to keep our roads as safe as possible.”