CANBERRA’S top traffic cop is warning drivers of the serious charges that speedsters face, including imprisonment, after one driver blamed his speeding on being tired.
Officer in charge of traffic operations, detective inspector Marcus Boorman says its ridiculous, and warns speeding drivers that, if they’re involved in a collision, they can face serious charges, including negligent or culpable driving resulting in injury or death, and penalties of up to 14 years imprisonment.
His warning comes after police booked two more high range speeding offenders, following a stint of drivers speeding in the ACT over the past few weeks.
The newest offenders were both stopped on Majura Parkway in a section with a 100km/h speed limit. The first driver was clocked at 142km/h and received a $700 fine and lost four demerit points. The second driver was recorded driving at 123km/h and received a $489 fine and lost three demerit points.
“One of these drivers claimed they hadn’t been paying attention as they were feeling tired on a long trip from Sydney to the snow,” detective inspector Boorman says.
“This is simply ridiculous. Every winter we work with our colleagues from the NSW Police to remind motorists to take regular breaks and drive safely when going to the snow.
“If you’re tired, speeding is even more dangerous, and you may not even get to the snow. The choice is yours – pull over and take a break, or face the consequences.”