Three clocked doing more than 160km/h on new highway section
GYMPIE police have been shocked at the extent of dangerous high-speed driving on the new section of the Bruce Hwy.
Gympie Traffic Branch chief Peter Webster yesterday said one police officer had detected five speeding offences in one hour, three of them involving speeds of more than 160kmh.
The speed, commonly known as "the ton" in pre-metric times when it signified 100mph, is not something people do as a result of innocent error, Sgt Webster said.
"On Saturday evening between 6pm and 7pm, one officer with a hand-held laser detected speeds of 125kmh, 157kmh, two at 165kmh and one at 167kmh," Sgt Webster said.
"That is just a blatant disregard for the law and for safety," he said.
On the latest figures recorded late yesterday afternoon, Gympie District police detected 125 life endangering offences, including seat belt and mobile phone breaches, during the Queen's Birthday weekend operation.
"We conducted 942 random breath tests and caught four drink-drivers, had one hoon impoundment and 13 unlicensed or unregistered driving offences," he said.
"Our statistics show that people who drive unlicensed are heavily over-represented in death and injury statistics, possibly because it reflects on their attitude to driving.
"We're always happy to meet these people and we always do one way or another."