A series of speeding incidents on the Sunshine Coast have angered Queensland Police as the road toll surges ahead of the same point a year ago.
A motorcycle rider was allegedly clocked at an unbelievable 225 km per hour during a horror week that added another eight people to Queensland’s yearly toll.
An exasperated Queensland police force on Saturday said they arrested a 31-year-old man on Wednesday evening after they spotted him riding at speed and splitting traffic on Caloundra Road at the Sunshine Coast.
The man’s bike was impounded, and he is due to face a dangerous driving charge in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on November 14.
It was one of several shocking alleged speeding incidents recorded in the region during a week that saw Queensland’s road toll continue to climb.
The latest statistics show Queensland’s road toll is now at 233 for the year, 16 deaths ahead of where it was a year ago, and 33 above the five-year average. Of the total number of road fatalities, 58 are related to motorbikes, mopeds or pillions.
On Tuesday a 19-year-old male P-plater was fined $1286 and had his licence suspended for six months after he was caught travelling 40km per hour travelling on the Bruce Highway through Federal.
Senior Sergeant Shane Panoho from Sunshine Coast Highway Patrol said when the P-plater was quizzed why he was driving at that speed, he indicated that “he was just overtaking”.
“As far as I’m aware, no low flying jets were observed in the area that needed overtaking,” Sergeant Panoho said.
Later on Tuesday a 62-year-old man from Bundaberg was intercepted travelling 110 kilometres per hour in a 70 zone in wet weather on the Bruce Highway at Black Mountain. He was also fined $1286 and 8 demerit points.
“It has been proven time and time again the dangers of travelling at excess speeds on our roads,” said Sergeant Panoho.
“Road trauma affects everyone – don’t let your family’s door be the next one we knock on to tell them you won’t be coming home.”