Police appalled by speeding
TWEED police are appalled by the deathly speeds motorists have reached over the past few days, putting both their lives and the lives of others in danger.
Tweed police Inspector Darren Steel said five separate incidents have occurred where drivers were caught hitting breakneck speeds on the Pacific Highway.
“Police are just appalled at the manner in which some people were driving over the weekend,” Insp Steel said.
“On Thursday, September 1, a Holden Commodore being driven by a 22-year-old Queensland man was allegedly detected travelling at 206kmh.
“The following day a Suzuki motorcycle driven by a 23-year-old Queensland man was allegedly clocked at travelling 194kmh on the Pacific Motorway.
“Also on September 2 a Mitsubishi Magna driven by a 23-year-old Port Macquarie man was detected as allegedly travelling 187kmh. He was also found to be a learner driver.”
Continuing the pattern of dangerous driving, police said a teenager was stripped of his provisional licence after being clocked travelling at 205kmh on Saturday.
About 12.55pm officers attached to Tweed/Byron Highway Patrol observed a green Nissan Bluebird travelling at high speed northbound on the Pacific Hwy at Cudgera Creek.
Police stopped the vehicle near the Cudgera Creek overpass and spoke with the driver, a 17-year-old from Mullumbimby.
There were four other males, aged 14 to 18, in the vehicle at the time of the incident and their parents were contacted and attended the scene.
The driver was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station and subsequently charged with drive vehicle recklessly/furiously or speed/manner dangerous.
He is due to appear in Tweed Heads Children’s Court on September 19. His P1 licence was suspended by policeand confiscated.
“At 12.30am on Sunday morning a sedan driven by a 20-year-old Queensland man was allegedly clocked at 184kmh, he was also found to be a P1 provisional driver,” Insp Steel said.
“All these drivers have had their licences suspended and will appear in the Tweed Heads Court on Monday, September 19.
“Police are appalled that people are blatantly flouting the road laws.
“There is huge potential for an accident which would cause loss of life. Not just for the drivers but for other road users.”