Three speedy bikers lose licences
THREE men caught speeding along the Pacific Highway on motorbikes at up to 216km/h were disqualified from driving at Tweed Heads Local Court yesterday.
Phillipe Kairouz, Daniel Eremengildo Banadies, 19, and Damian Giammateo, all of the Gold Coast, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.
Kairouz, 24 was only on a learner’s permit, so should have been travelling at a top speed of 80km/h.
Police conducting speed checks from atop the Cudgera Creek Pacific Highway upgrade spotted the trio accelerating harshly and recorded two of them travelling at 216km/h.
Kairouz was slightly behind his friends and told police he was “only” doing 145km/h.
The defendants claimed they accelerated to get away from another vehicle, but Mr Dakin said: “It is somewhat ironic you describe your actions as defensive.”
Each man was fined $800 for dangerous driving and was handed a two-year disqualification from driving.
Giammateo had a further $800 fine and 12 month disqualification for disqualified driving.