P-plate drivers dice with death

By NEELIMA CHOAHAN

POLICE have warned young motorists to observe speed limits after Highway Patrol officers caught a 19-year-old P-plater speeding at more than 82km/h above the limit on the Pacific Highway at Sleepy Hollow on Saturday.

The Goonellabah resident was travelling south at 172km/h when he was stopped by police at 6.30am. Under the conditions of his P1 licence, the driver was restricted to driving at a maximum speed of 90km/h.

He was fined $1642 and his%licence was immediately suspended for six months.

Later the same morning, at 10.20am, a 21-year-old male was detected speeding at 153km/h in a 110km/h zone. The P2 licence holder from Kenthurst was heading south on the Pacific Highway, also at Sleepy Hollow.

He also was fined and his licence suspended for six months.

Nearly an hour later, again at Sleepy Hollow, police caught another 19-year-old driving at 150km/h in a 110km/h zone.

The man, from Carrara on the Gold Coast, travelling south on the Pacific Highway, was fined $609 and his driving privileges in NSW may be revoked by the Roads and Traffic Authority.

Last Friday police called off their pursuit of a motorcycle after it reached speeds of 200km/h at Ewingsdale, near Byron Bay.

The rider was carrying a pillion passenger and is believed to have avoided a roadblock by riding along the railway line.

Late yesterday afternoon a 21-year-old male from Federal was caught driving at 176km/h in a 110km/h zone on the Pacific Highway at Yelgun Creek.

Tweed/Byron Local Area Command Inspector Darren Steel said the inexperienced drivers apparently showed little remorse for their dangerous and irresponsible actions.

"When spoken to by police, these young drivers treated the matters lightly and seemed unable to recognise the danger their irresponsible behaviour posed to other road-users," Insp Steel said.

"We are appealing for all motorists to drive to the speed limit or according to the conditions stipulated by their licence."

Inspector Steel said police were also asking parents of young and inexperienced drivers to speak with their children and reinforce the safe driving message. "Explain the implications of speeding and irresponsible behaviour to them before it is too late," he said.

"We also appeal for any motorists witnessing erratic or irresponsible driving to contact the Tweed/Byron Local Area Command or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000."



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