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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



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