Police slam callous road users

A P-PLATE driver will face a serious speeding charge and could earn a maximum 12 licence demerit points after he was clocked at 177km/h on the Chinderah to Yelgun Motorway on Saturday night.

A Tweed highway patrol spokesperson said the 19-year-old green P-plater was caught at 8.25pm near Cudgera Creek allegedly travelling at 77km/h above the speed limit.

Police said the driver will be charged with driving at a "speed dangerous to the public", a charge which carries penalties including a lengthy disqualification period, heavy fines and a possible custodial sentence.

On the same night, a 21-yearold Queensland motorcyclist detected travelling at 171km/h on the Pacific Highway at 11pm, allegedly told police he didn't realise he was going that fast.

He will appear at Mullumbimby Court on May 12.

NSW Police have condemned drivers for their callous lack of regard for other road users after an increase in the number of people detected speeding during the long weekend blitz .

On the first day of Operation Go Slow, 1930 people were detected speeding - an increase of 483 when compared to the first day of last year's operation.

Traffic Services Commander Chief Superintendent John Hartley said these drivers posed a real danger to others on the road.

"Getting caught speeding isn't bad luck - you have been caught committing a crime," Chief Superintendent Hartley said.

"Speeding drivers are one of the major causes of death and injury on our roads. Do you really want to be responsible for killing or injuring someone?

"The choice is simple for drivers - lift your foot and give yourself and other road users a greater chance of surviving."

The Operation Go Slow road toll remains at one after the death of a 17-year-old youth in a two-car crash on the Pacific Highway at Emerald Beach north of Coffs Harbour on Friday morning.



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