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A man has been charged with drink driving after allegedly being detected travelling at more than 180km/h near Byron Bay on Sunday (July 15).

About 8.45am, Traffic & Highway Patrol officers were operating a speed radar on the Pacific Highway at Tyagarah when they allegedly detected a Honda Civic travelling north at 187km/h in the 100km/h area.

Whilst attempting to catch up to the Honda, officers saw it overtake seven cars and a semi-trailer at an estimated speed of 185km/h.

Officers stopped the Honda near Tandys Lane where the driver and sole occupant, 34-year-old man, was subjected to a roadside breath test which returned a positive result.

He was arrested and taken Brunswick Heads Police Station where he underwent a breath analysis that allegedly returned a reading of 0.152.

The Queensland man is due to appear at Mullumbimby Local Court on Monday August 27 charged with driving recklessly/furiously or at a dangerous speed/manner, high range PCA, and exceed speeding the speed limit more than 45 km/h.

His licence was also suspended.

Duty officer Detective Inspector Matthew Kehoe said the message that drink-driving and speeding kills is not getting through.

‘It’s quite simple: people are dying on our roads because of poor decisions made by drivers and riders.

‘We will continue to take people off the roads who choose to drink and drive, or who can’t stay within the speed limit,’ Det Ins Kehoe said.

 


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2 COMMENTS

  1. In a similar vein, almost as bad are the red P platers with a sole, back P plate half pushed behind and obscured by their number plate, who overtake you quite rapidly when you on the speed limit in a 110 kph zone. Also green P platers that have likewise obscured their sole, rear P plate, or have a white on dark green P plate, that overtake you and continue going at over 120 kph. Wish the police would address those drivers as well.

    Should also mention the L platers that overtake you when you slow down transitioning from a 110 to a 100 zone. They are meant to be limited to 80 kph – what are their supervising drivers thinking, allowing them to travel at that speed?

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