ROAD SAFETY WEEK: Constable Matthew Bedding participating in speed management LiDAR training in George Street.
ROAD SAFETY WEEK: Constable Matthew Bedding participating in speed management LiDAR training in George Street. Mike Knott BUN240816LIDAR1

10 worst excuses for speeding heard by Qld Police in 2016

THEY'VE heard it all.

No matter how creative or believeable you think you might be when crafting an excuse as to why you were speeding, you can almost guarantee the Queensland Police have already heard that same spiel many times before.

Let's just say racing home to catch the cricket score or drinking too much pre-workout before working out are not valid excuses for driving over the limit.

Here are the top 10 worst excuses for speeding heard by Queensland Police in 2016:

  • "I'm running late to a Christmas party for my foster dog."
  • "I'm rushing home to catch the rest of the cricket on TV as my radio has lost signal."
  • "I'm about to run out of fuel so I needed to get to the petrol station quickly."
  • "I thought the round circle on speed signs meant that you could drive at any speed as long as it was 'round' about the number inside the circle."
  • "It's not my car so I didn't realise what speed I was doing."
  • "I just had a pre-workout drink - so that's probably made me drive faster."
  • "I'm in a hurry to get to the hospital to see my pregnant girlfriend." (Officer rang hospital which had no record of the woman).
  • "I've had an argument with my wife and I've been angry which has made me drive faster."
  • "My wife told me to slow down so I sped up."
  • "I've left my windows open at home and it's about to rain."

Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating said while these excuses may be humorous, the devastating crashes caused by a speeding driver were anything but funny.

"Last year, excess speed was a contributing factor in one in four fatalities on Queensland roads," he said.

"This Christmas holiday period, police will be out in force targeting drivers who put themselves and all other road users at risk.''

The fine

The maximum first offence penalty for speeding is up to $1137, loss of eight demerit points and six-month driving suspension (driving 40kmh over the legal speed limit)

 



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