News

P-plate driver caught doing 121kmh in a 80kmh zone

ROAD Safety Week did not make much of an impression on a young Gympie driver, whose almost ludicrous chain of alleged offences might have been funny, had they not been so dangerous.

Shocked Gympie police said his extreme speed was part of a two-day series of breaches which amounted to "a triple fatality waiting to happen."

"It would have been almost a joke if it hadn't been so dangerous," Snr Constable Mark Woitowitz said.

He said police had pulled up the 22-year-old P-plate driver travelling at 121kmh in the 80kmh zone on bends along Eel Creek Rd, on Tuesday.

He allegedly had no visible P-Plates, no registration plates and two passengers, one a 14-year-old girl and the other a man carrying drugs.

Police breath tests showed a blood alcohol reading of 0.077%, the policeman said.

Then, on Wednesday, they caught him again, driving in the same white Falcon, while still subject to a 24-hour licence suspension from the drink driving matter.

In what Snr Const Woitowitz said was a small improvement, but still not good enough, the car this time had registration plates, sort of.

But they were not the plates police expect.

They were made from cardboard rectangles, with the registration details hand-printed with felt pen.

"Because he had re-offended within seven days, we impounded the car," Snr Const Woitowitz told The Gympie Times.

The speeding, 40kmh over the limit, means a fine of $1099, a six-month disqualification and eight demerit points, more than he will have on a P-licence.

To top things off, the young driver will also be fined for smoking in the car while carrying a passenger under 16.

The incidents came in the middle of Road Safety Week, a police promotion aimed at reminding drivers to avoid potentially fatal offences, including speeding and drink driving.

The young man's major Tuesday speeding offence occurred on the same day police were at Rainbow Beach urging drivers to avoid "speed and risky behaviour."

Drink driving was also a target of the safety message.

Gympie Times

Topics:  dangerous driving, editors picks, road safety week




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'My husband lasted 6 weeks as a stay at home dad'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images. Katie Dykes being interviewed for the webisodes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

FROM the outside, being a stay at home mum looks like a breeze.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

OPINION: How to prepare your child for day care

Your kids will love childcare, but it may take some adjusting.

GETTING your child ready for day care is vital.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Battle for Wide Bay: 4 candidates have their say on TAFE and university opportunities in Gympie

Wide Bay candidates have their say on TAFE and the Gympie campus of USC.

Wide Bay candidates speak on TAFE and the USC campus in Gympie

Fishermen using 'machine guns' to scare: ALP candidate

INTIMIDATION CLAIM: Labor Wide Bay candidate Lucy Stanton says net fishers are using guns to intimidate Teewah and Noosa North Shore residents and visitors.

Teewah netters accused of defying weapons and environment laws

Find out what’s going on in Gympie

GYMPIE U3A. Leslie Buffet (left) and Yvonne Artho discuss the colouring class.

Stuck for something to do? Our notice board has you covered.

Latest deals and offers

Ernie Els dunks for birdie

Smooth swing, great shot.

Ernie Els lives up to his reputation for one of the best swings in golf.

Jay Leno in spectacular rollover

Car flips after wheelie stunt.

Jay Leno gets more than he expected when he rides along in a 2500 HP Barracuda.

John Oliver on Brexit

John Oliver tries to explain the Brexit result.

John Oliver explains the fallout from Brexit on Last Week Tonight.

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

PROPERTY BOOM: Coast prices set to skyrocket

Like other areas in south-east Queensland, the Sunshine Coast is at the start of the upturn on the property clock.

Values predicted to rise 25-33%