Maryborough traffic branch Senior Constable Josh Churchward operating a speed radar.
Maryborough traffic branch Senior Constable Josh Churchward operating a speed radar. Daniel Tweed

Police crackdown on speeding

A SPEED camera and police radar operation in Maryborough has pinched a massive 138 drivers in one afternoon.

Maryborough District Traffic Branch Sergeant officer-in-charge Tony McCarthy said the highest speed was 101kmh in a 60kmh zone, which he described as “unacceptable”, particularly considering it had happened on a residential street.

The camera was set up on Saltwater Creek Road from 2pm to 8pm on Wednesday and traffic branch police were also conducting other speed detections throughout the town.

One hundred and nine speeding vehicles were caught on camera and a further 29 speeding offences were found by officers using radar.

“It’s certainly much higher than we’d anticipated,” Sgt McCarthy said of the number of speeding drivers.

“And it’s more than we’ve had at other times of the year.

“We make no apology for using the camera – we promote that it’s going to be out there,” he said.

“Tragically we’ve had some deaths on the road already due to speeding, which is one of the fatal four, and the sole purpose of us doing speed detection is to prevent such tragedies.”

The fatal four are drink-driving, speeding, fatigue and failure to wear a seatbelt.

Any one or a combination of these, police say, are the major contributors when it comes to fatal traffic crashes.

“We’ve also seen a lot of people failing to wear seatbelts and other life endangering offences,” Sgt McCarthy said.

“People talking on their phones – they just don’t realise the seriousness of it.”

Sgt McCarthy is urging motorists to take care driving home from holiday destinations after Christmas and throughout the new year.

“A lot of people will have spent a lot of time doing things that have made them fatigued, so they need to be well rested before they take to the roads.

“Keep safe, take breaks every two hours and drive to the conditions.”



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