20 June 2022

Driver busted going 139 in 80 zone one of three fined in ACT

| Claire Fenwicke
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A Watson man was detected travelling at 158 km/h in the 100 zone on Majura Parkway. Photo: ACT Policing.

ACT Police fined three drivers for high-range speeding offences over the weekend.

Two men were detected over the 100 km/h speed limit on the Majura Parkway on Friday evening (17 June) between 6 pm and 6:45 pm.

Their excuse to officers was they were speeding because “they were running late for work”.

A 34-year-old Melba man was detected driving at 139 km/h. He will be fined $700 and accrue four demerit points on his licence.

While a 36-year-old Watson man was initially detected travelling at 140 km/h by the officer’s static speed camera. However police said before they intercepted his vehicle to direct him to stop, his speed was checked a second time, revealing he had accelerated to 158 km/h.

He will be issued six demerit points and fined $1841.

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Meanwhile, a third offender was stopped by an ACT Road Policing motorcycle officer on Barry Drive, near Black Mountain, after he was detected at 139 km/h in the 80 zone.

Police said the 25-year-old man, who held a Philippines licence, was still accelerating when directed to stop.

He told the officer he was talking at the time of the offence and hadn’t realised he was speeding by almost 60 km/h the legal limit.

He will be fined $1841.

ACT Policing has reminded all road users to keep an eye on mandatory speed limits as they would be enforced.

A man holding a Philippines licence was caught going 138 km/h in an 80 zone. Photo: ACT Policing.

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