3 July 2023

Ferrari among speeding cars seized under new dangerous driving powers

| Claire Fenwicke
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Police have the power to immediately impound vehicles caught going more than 45 km/h on Canberra’s roads. Photo: ACT Policing.

Two drivers have had their licenses suspended and vehicles seized at the weekend thanks to new powers given to police.

Officers are now allowed to immediately suspend someone’s license and impound their vehicles for up to 90 days if they’re caught excessively speeding.

The first car was seized on Saturday (1 July) when police spotted a white Ford Falcon driving at 129 km/h in an 80 km/h zone.

When the vehicle was pulled over, the 22-year-old male driver showed his learner’s licence. Officers also discovered the vehicle was not roadworthy.

Further checks revealed the Giralang man’s licence had already been cancelled.

He was given a further immediate suspension notice taking away his right to drive in the ACT for another 90 days.

He was also slapped with $3059 in fines.

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The second seizure occurred at about 11 am on Sunday (2 July) when police said a red Ferrari drove past one of their stationary vehicles at “significant” speed.

A speed check confirmed the car was going 139 km/h in the posted 80 km/h zone.

Police stopped the Ferrari on the Monaro Highway and spoke with the 43-year-old Griffith driver.

He was issued an immediate suspension notice for 90 days and the Ferrari was taken away.

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It is great to see this new law being applied. There is no safe speeding. And these hoons belong off our streets.

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