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‘Stupid’: Drivers face fines for being dangerous

“STUPID” drivers face fines after they were caught driving dangerously over the weekend, with one person caught going 180km/h in a 90km/h zone, says Canberra’s top road cop, Marcus Boorman. 

Yesterday (November 15) police detected the 50-year-old man travelling at double the speed limit, driving 180km/h in a 90km/h zone, on William Hovell Drive.

On the same day they also detected a 23-year-old man travelling at 168km/h in a 100km/h zone on the Monaro Highway. Both drivers were issued with a traffic infringement notice for $1841 and lost six demerit points.

Then, at about 9.20pm, police were conducting patrols on Canberra Avenue, Fyshwick, when they observed a passenger standing up through the open sunroof of the silver Subaru Liberty.

The driver was issued two traffic infringement notices for driving with a passenger 16 years or older, not wearing a seatbelt properly and driving a motor vehicle with a passenger body part outside the vehicle window/door and was issued a $705 and lost three demerit points. The passenger was also issued with two infringement notices totalling $705 for their seatbelt not being fastened and for travelling with a body part outside the vehicle.

Following the bus weekend for cops, road policing’s Detective Inspector Marcus Boorman says: “The speed limits are set to ensure everyone’s safety on our roads.

“When we see drivers doing double the speed there is a real chance of a serious collision involving innocent people,” he says.

“As for standing up through the sunroof of a moving car, what can I say? There’s no excuse for it. It’s dangerous, and it’s stupid.”

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