Man clocked at 153km/h on Bur­nett Hwy

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

PO­LICE were less than im­pressed after catch­ing a man trav­el­ling more than 50km/h over the speed limit on the Bur­nett High­way.

Of­fi­cers clocked the 25-year-old Run­away Bay man do­ing 153km/h just north of Eidsvold on Sun­day.

The man told po­lice he was try­ing to get to his des­ti­na­tion quicker after a long day of driv­ing.

He was handed a $1218 fine, lost eight de­merit points and will re­ceive an au­to­matic six month sus­pen­sion.

Sergeant Chris James of Eidsvold Po­lice said the con­se­quences could have been far worse.

“Two nights ago we had a car hit a horse, imag­ine if some­thing came out at the ve­hi­cle at 153km/h,” Sgt James said.

“It wouldn’t have been a pretty pic­ture for emer­gency crews had he hit some­thing or some­one at that speed.”

Po­lice used the op­por­tu­nity to re­mind mo­torists to be care­ful be­hind the wheel, in light of the up­com­ing Queens­land Road Safety Week.

Sgt James re­in­forced the im­por­tance of the four Es of road safety: ed­u­ca­tion, en­force­ment, en­gi­neer­ing and en­vi­ron­ment.

“Road Safety Week is a chance for us to fur­ther ed­u­cate driv­ers and draw at­ten­tion to the fact that you have to drive to the con­di­tions,” he said.

“The Bur­nett High­way can get very busy at times.

“We have B-dou­bles, car­a­van­ers and peo­ple com­mut­ing from down south to their jobs in Cen­tral Queens­land.

“There are long stretches of high­way that are un­suit­able for over­tak­ing so re­main­ing pa­tient is a thing we all have to prac­tice.”

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