P-plate driver caught 43kmh over speed limit

ONE driver clocked up an unimpressive record, delivering the highest speed above the limit in a four day period in the Maryborough Patrol Group area.

The P-plate driver was found travelling at 143kmh in a 100kmh zone on the Cooloola Coast Hwy.

But the speedster will have a break from the fast lane after he was handed a six month licence suspension for his disregard of the speed limit.

Maryborough Patrol Group Road Policing Unit officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Tony McCarthy said the driver told police he was "running late for an appointment".

But he was not the only person to flout the speed limit with almost 150 drivers in the Maryborough Patrol Group area being ticketed for their excessive speeds between Thursday and Sunday.

The Maryborough Patrol Group area includes Hervey Bay, Maryborough and as far west as Biggenden and Gayndah.

Snr Sgt McCarthy said among those speeding was a driver heading to Biggenden who was ticketed twice in a matter of minutes for travelling more than 20kmh above the 100km speed limit.

"(The driver) drove off and was detected, within minutes of the original detection, to be driving at 127kmh in a 100kmh zone," Snr Sgt McCarthy said.

Speed cameras detected 105 drivers going over the limit including one motorist travelling at 107kmh in an 80km zone and another at 85kmh in a 60km zone.

Police conducted over 400 random breath tests and one man in Maryborough was found to be driving three times the blood alcohol limit of 0.169%.

Three women were also charged with drink driving and were found with readings ranging between 0.095% and 0.133%

Snr Sgt McCarthy said officers also detected two drug drivers who were influence by methyl amphetamine and cannabis.



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