Speeding will not be tolerated in NSW – police

Date: Oct 18, 2012

Authorities are once again sending the message that speeding will not be tolerated in NSW, with the state police force having issued several statements this week reminding motorists to drive responsibly.

On Tuesday (October 16) at approximately 12:30, Barwin Highway Patrol officers in the Moree area allegedly caught a truck travelling 25 kilometres over the 100km/h speed limit.

When they pulled the driver aside, a 33-year-old male, it was revealed that the speed limiting device in his vehicle may have been tampered with.

The driver was issued a defect notice and police are continuing investigations.

A similar incident occurred later on that day, just before 18:00 in the evening, along the Hume Highway.

Officers pulled over a truck allegedly travelling at 112km/h in a 100km/h zone, and issued the driver with an infringement.

Operations commander of the NSW Police Force’s Traffic and Highway Patrol Stuart Smith said that it was dangerous for drivers of heavy-duty vehicles to tamper with the speed limiting devices.

“The joint heavy vehicle taskforce continues to identify and prosecute those that deliberately tamper with speed limiting devices for the benefit of road safety for all NSW road users,” Mr Smith asserted.

Last week, the police were also kept busy due to a number of motorists driving irresponsibly across the NSW state.

On Sunday (October 14), officers seized a man’s bicycle after he was caught travelling at 171km/h along the Kings Highway, near Bungendore.

Under new laws passed in July 2012 police now have the power to confiscate vehicles when motorists are caught exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h.

In addition, officers may also confiscate vehicles when motorists engage in a police pursuit, street racing or commit an aggravated burnout offence.

The motorcyclist – a 27-year-old male from the Australian Capital Territory – was also fined more than $2,000 and his license was suspended for six months.

Police seized another man’s number plates on the Federal Highway near Lake George later on that afternoon. He was also exceeding the speed limit by 45km/h.

“Speeding on NSW roads kills about 170 people per year,” said Superintendent Smith.

“Exceeding the speed limit by 10km/h is dangerous. Exceeding it by more than 45km/h is extremely reckless. We will continue to do everything we can to get speeding drivers off NSW roads.”

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