Disqualified driver clocks 151km at Sleepy Hollow

Highway Patrol Sergeant Chad George is shocked by continuing recklessness on Tweed roads
Highway Patrol Sergeant Chad George is shocked by continuing recklessness on Tweed roads John Gass

POLICE said they are concerened about the amount of drivers caught speeding on our roads in the past few days.

Tweed's Highway Patrol Sergeant Chad George said a man was caught racing through Sleepy Hollow on Saturday night.

"About 7.35pm a 44-year-old male was detected travelling north on the Pacific Hwy, Sleepy Hollow," he said.

"He was checked doing 151kmh.

"That's 41km over the posted legal limit."

The Queensland man was stopped to be spoken to and Tweed police discovered the man's licence was disqualified until March 2014.

"He was issued with a court attendance notice," Sgt George said.

The man had to arrange for someone to pick him up from the side of the road.

Another reckless motorist was detected to have a blood alcohol level of 0.140% on Coral St, Tweed Heads on Sunday night.

Sgt George said the 46-year-old Coolangatta woman was well into the middle range level of drink driving.

She was issued with a court date and had her licence suspended.

The Tweed Sergeant said the behaviour of the drivers was dangerous.

NSW Police Force's Traffic and Highway Patrol Command Superintendent Stuart Smith was also concerned, he released a statement urging speeding drivers to think about the risks involved.

"The greatest risk is to other road-users, trying to get themselves, family and friends from A to B safely," he said.

"The second greatest risk is hurting or killing yourself and your passengers.

"The third greatest risk is to the tree or pole you slam into when you can't control the speeding vehicle."

He said there were other risks a speeding driver didn't think about.

"Drivers caught speeding can be fined up to $2154, they can lose their licence and their vehicle," he said.

"Every year about 170 people die on our roads as a result of speeding.

"If drivers stop and think they will realise speeding isn't worth the risk."

Througout the state numerous drivers were caught exceeding the speed limit.

A police statement said three examples of speeding over the weekend included a Holden Commodore ute travelling south on the Hume Hwy at Mittagong allegedly at 162kmh.

A Maserati travelling on the Kings Hwy at Bungendore allegedly at 179khm in a 100km area and a black Ferrari allegedly travelling 172km northbound through the airport tunnel at Mascot.

Topics:  speeding tweed police

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