Queensland man caught speeding
STATIONARY Highway Patrol officers caught a white Suzuki wagon travelling along Mount Buller Road at 45+ kilometres over the limit.
The man was travelling to Mount Buller on August 10 with his wife and nine-yearold daughter at a speed of 148km/h when police clocked him on their speed detection radar.
Highway Patrol officers intercepted the vehicle and the man produced a Victorian licence.
Prosecution officer Fiona Nation told Magistrate David Cottrill that the accused told Highway Patrol that it was the first time that he had driven the road.
At the Mansfield Magistrates Court, the man told Mr Cottrill the same thing, adding that he was having a panic attack while driving.
“I was driving fast to get off the road,” the man said.
He produced a report from his psychologist which was taken into account by Mr Cottrill.
“I didn’t feel like I was speeding though,” the man said.
“I am sorry for my actions, even though it wasn’t on purpose.”
The man resides in Brisbane and had flown down to Victoria for the hearing last Wednesday.
“This is my first mistake – I have been driving since 2012,” he said.
The man was handed a mandatory 12 month licence suspension, and fined $820 with conviction.
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