30 June 2021

P-plater clocked at 87 km/h over the speed limit

| David Murtagh
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Police say the P-plater was caught going 87 km/h over the speed limit. Photo: ACT Policing.

A provisional driver has been clocked by police driving at more than 80 km/h over the posted limit.

At about 8:10 pm on Monday (28 June), ACT Road Policing were conducting speed detection duties along William Hovell Drive at Stromlo.

The 17-year-old male provisional driver from Macgregor was stopped for speeding after his white Holden Commodore sedan was detected travelling at 167 km/h in an 80 km/h zone.

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The 17-year-old was issued an infringement for exceeding the speed limit by greater than 45 km/h. The offence carries a fine of $1841 and six demerit points.

As a Provisional licence holder, this accumulation of demerit points will result in his licence being suspended for a period of three months.

Anyone with information regarding excessive speeding is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Information can be provided anonymously.

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If we are ever going to be serious about the road toll, then it is well past time for the penalties for these type of offences to be standardized across all jurisdictions. The same offence in NSW would have earned him a $2520.00 fine and 6 months loss of licence. Victoria regards a speed in excess of 45kph over the limit as a ‘criminal’ offence (with a criminal conviction recorded against the driver), and which warrants a maximum fine of $3109.00. Vic Police can also immediately impound the vehicle for 30 days if they suspect upon reasonable grounds that the driver has committed a high risk driving offence, a dangerous driving offence, or a hoon driving offence. The confiscation then removes the temptation for a suspended driver to take the vehicle out on the road again (at least in the short term anyway).

ChrisinTurner1:56 pm 30 Jun 21

I don’t think the ACT Government are serious about any road related offences. For example driving without mufflers fitted.

Or driving without a license. We contacted the police several times about an “acquaintance” who was driving while disqualified.

No action at all. Though to be fair to the police we got the impression. It wasn’t worth them doing anything because the courts wouldn’t impose a meaningful penalty.

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