High speed intercepts at Sunshine Coast

Police have expressed disappointment at the number of people being intercepted travelling at extremely high speeds across the Sunshine Coast, including one man detected on a motorbike at 225 kilometres per hour.

On October 27 police were conducting mobile patrols of Caloundra Road when they observed a motorbike being ridden and speed and splitting traffic around 8.45pm.

The 31-year-old man was detected travelling at 225kph prior to being intercepted and was arrested and taken to Maroochydore Watchhouse.

He was charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle and is due to appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on November 15. The bike was impounded.

In addition to this incident on October 26 a 19-year-old male P-Plater was observed exceeding the speed limit by more than 40 kilometres per hour travelling on the Bruce Highway through Federal.

The driver from Gladstone was fined $1286 and 8 demerit points, as well as having his licence suspended for six months.

Later that day around 5.20pm a 62-year-old man from Bundaberg was intercepted travelling 110 kilometres per hour in a 70 zone in wet weather on the Bruce Highway at Black Mountain. He was also fined 1286 and 8 demerit points.

Senior Sergeant Shane Panoho from Sunshine Coast Highway Patrol said when the P-Plater was quizzed why he was driving at that speed, he indicated that “he was just overtaking”.

“As far as I’m aware, no low flying jets were observed in the area that needed overtaking,” Senior Sergeant Panoho said.

“It has been proven time and time again the dangers of travelling at excess speeds on our roads.

“Road trauma affects everyone – don’t let your family’s door be the next one we knock on to tell them you won’t be coming home.”

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