A motorcyclist was reportedly clocked at an incredible 225km per hour during a horror week that added another eight people to Queensland’s annual toll.
An outraged Queensland police force said on Saturday they arrested a 31-year-old man on Wednesday night after they saw him speeding and splitting traffic on Caloundra Road off the Sunshine Coast.
The man’s bicycle was seized and he is due to stand trial for dangerous driving in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on 14 November.
It was one of several shockingly alleged speeding incidents recorded in the region during a week in which Queensland’s toll continued to rise.
The latest statistics show that Queensland’s toll is now at 233 for the year, 16 deaths before where it was a year ago, and 33 above the average for five years. Of the total number of traffic fatalities, 58 are related to motorcycles, mopeds or pills.
On Tuesday, a 19-year-old male P-plateman was fined $ 1286 and had his driver’s license suspended for six months after he was caught traveling 40 miles per hour on Bruce Highway through the Federal.
Senior Sergeant Shane Panoho of the Sunshine Coast Highway Patrol said that when the P-plate was asked why he was driving at that speed, he indicated that “he was just overtaking”.
“As far as I know, no low-flying jets were observed in the area to be overtaken,” Sergeant Panoho said.
Later Tuesday, a 62-year-old man from Bundaberg was intercepted while driving 110 kilometers per hour in a 70-zone in wet weather on Bruce Highway at Black Mountain. He was also fined $ 1286 and 8 demerit points.
“The dangers of speeding on our roads have been proven time and time again,” said Sergeant Panoho.
“Road trauma affects everyone – don’t let your family’s door be the next one we knock on to tell them you’re not coming home.”