Ex­cess speed

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.”

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