P-plater clocked at 158kph



A P-PLATE driver caught speeding at 158kph along the Tweed motorway during the double demerit period has had his licence automatically cancelled for six months and faces fines totalling $1597.

Sergeant Bill Darnell of the Tweed Highway Patrol said the driver, on his red P-plates, had been detected by radar at 11.45pm on Monday travelling north in a VN Commodore sedan.

Sgt Darnell said despite repeated warnings the message did not appear to be getting through to young drivers.

"This P1 driver was travelling at 68kph over the (90kmh) limit, on a wet road with four young male and female passengers on board," he said.

"I have been to fatal crashes where those were the ingredients," he said.

"I am very disappointed at the behaviour of young drivers over the holiday period despite widespread publicity about their driving attitude," he said.

"They don't seem to understand they are over-represented in accident statistics because they take so many risks."

Sgt Darnell said during Operation Safe Arrival, which started on December 24, police in the Tweed Byron Command had conducted 576 RBTs resulting in nine charges, issued 50 speeding tickets, four seatbelt offences, 37 other infringements, and nine other traffic offences. A mobile speed camera unit had detected 21 speeding motorists.



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