P-plater caught exceeding speed limit by 71 km/h in Gungahlin

Lachlan Roberts 24 June 2019

A P-plate driver was caught travelling over 150kmph. Photo: ACT Policing.

An 18-year-old driver has been slapped with an $1841 fine after being caught driving over 150 kilometres per hour on Gungahlin Drive this morning (24 June).

Around 9:20 am, police observed an orange Holden Commodore sedan travelling south on Gungahlin Drive, Mitchell. A police speed check found the vehicle was travelling at 151km/h in an 80km/h zone, nearly double the sign-posted speed limit.

The 18-year-old man, who was on a provisional licence, was issued with an infringement notice for $1,841 and six demerit points.

Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations, Acting Station Sergeant David Wills said this type of behaviour was particularly disappointing from a young driver.

“Provisional drivers are some of the most inexperienced on our roads, and as such, they should be taking even greater care when behind the wheel, not driving at more than 150 kilometres an hour,” Acting Station Sergeant Wills said.

“Clearly this driver had other ideas, and thankfully nobody else is paying for his poor judgement.”

A report released last week found that 31 per cent of participants aged between 18-24 years admitted to regularly exceeding the speed limit by over 10 kilometres per hour. Following the results of the survey, the ACT Government announced that two additional mobile speed cameras will be rolled out to combat speeding.

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