A recent speeding driver near Coffs Harbour has prompted NSW Police to issue a warning to all motorists to monitor their odometers.
On Friday (August 1), Traffic and Highway Patrol Officers stopped a Holden Commodore carrying three people after it was picked up travelling at 211 km/h in a 100 km/h zone. At the time, police were conducting speed enforcement exercises along the Pacific Highway at Woolgooga.
On pulling the vehicle over, police issued a 29-year-old man with a number of field court attendance notices including exceeding the speed limit by more than 45 km/h; and driving in dangerous manner. The driver’s licence was also suspended for six months on the spot as a result of his high speed.
Police highlight these types of incidents because of the potential danger of the situation. NSW’s road toll is at 189 this year and is already higher than this time last year. According to police, drivers travelling at these speeds can easily add to the total.
Stuart Smith, acting assistant commissioner of Traffic and Highway Patrol Command explained it was lucky that officers dealt with this particular driver before there was a car accident and anyone suffered substantial injuries.
“We know that speeding remains the biggest killer on our roads. In NSW speeding is a factor in approximately 40 percent of road deaths. This means on average 177 people die each year in speed-related crashes in NSW,” he said.
“Now is the time for drivers to get the message, if a speed related crash doesn’t stop you, we will.”
The driver will appear in court later in August and has also been issued a notice to surrender the vehicle’s plates for the next three months.
NSW car accident compensation
If you are involved in a car accident as a result of a speeding driver and suffer a whiplash injury, you could be eligible for compensation. The motor accident compensation scheme extends to most motorists, including drivers and pedestrians.
It is important to contact a car accident compensation lawyer as soon as you are well enough. They can offer advice about your possible claim and discuss the circumstances around the accident.
These lawyers operate on a no win no fee basis so they can advise you on your chances for success free of charge – if they think you have a case, it’s completely up to you whether you engage their services.