Speedy trip proves expensive for Tugun man

A TUGUN man has been slapped with a huge fine after being caught speeding nearly 80km/hr over the legal limit on Friday.

About 1pm, Traffic and Highway Patrol officers allegedly detected a black Ford XR6 ute travelling at 174km/hr in the 100 zone on the Pacific Mwy at Tweed Heads, Tweed-Byron LAC Inspector Darren Steel said. 

Police stopped the 24-year-old male driver, and he was given an infringement notice for driving more than 45km/hr over the speed limit. 

He was fined $2,025 and his licence was immediately suspended for six months. 

This was the fourth incident where a driver was caught doing almost 80km/hr over the limit in NSW within 48 hours. 

Acting assistant commissioner of Traffic and Highway Patrol Stuart Smith said the four incidents were alarming.

"Despite innocent lives being lost on our roads every week, it's disappointing and frustrating to see other road users disregarding life for the sake of getting to a destination earlier," he said.

"There is no such thing as 'safe speeding' and again, I urge each and every road user to think before you hit the accelerator.

"Not only do speeding drivers risk their lives and others on the roads, they also face fines of up to $2252, licence suspensions, and confiscation of registration plates and cars."



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