WATCH: Car carrying 4 kids clocked doing 171km/h near Gympie
UPDATE: A driver caught travelling at 171km/h on the Bruce Highway north of Gympie reportedly had four children in the car at the time, one was allegedly unrestrained.
The 55-year-old man will face Maryborough Magistrates Court later this month charged with a high-end speeding offence after being stopped by police on the highway near Bauple on Thursday afternoon. He will also be charged with failing to ensure a child is properly restrained.
Police said that of the 40,862 motorists caught speeding during the state-wide Christmas holiday road safety campaign - he was the worst offender - caught travelling 71km/h over the 100km/h limit near Bauple along the highway between Gympie and Tiaro on Thursday about 1.43pm.
Police allege this was the driver's second offence since October 30, 2018, with police seizing the registration plates for three months.
A 55-year-old man clocked at 171km/h on the Bruce Highway near Bauple on Thursday afternoon has had his car impounded and will face court later this month.
It is believed the man was driving from Brisbane to Gladstone. His car has been taken by police and impounded for 90 days.
The man was given a notice to appear in the Maryborough Magistrates Court on January 30.
Driving 40km/h over the speed limit is expected to result in losing your licence for six months.
Gympie Police officer in charge Gregg Davey said he was shocked to see motorists still ignoring road rules.
"We have conducted extensive road policing actions across the Gympie Patrol through the Christmas and New Year period and have generally been impressed by the behaviour of our drivers,” Senior Sergeant Davey said.
"However it is clear that we have irresponsible people out there who are not only prepared to put their lives in danger but also the lives of their passengers and other road users, a clear example of irresponsible and outrageous behaviour is the detection of the NSW driver detected travelling on the Bruce Highway.
Senior Sergeant Davey said speed was a major factor in 15 per cent of fatal crashes.
"Just 10km/h faster in a rural area doubles the risk of being in a crash and being in excess of 40 km/h makes it highly unlikely that you can avoid a crash when circumstances present,” he said.
"Police in the Gympie Patrol will continue with our increased enforcement with a particular emphasis on identifying and prosecuting the 'mavericks' who put others in danger.”