Man clocked at 182km/h while drunk
TRAVELLING 82kmh over the speed limit on a major highway, with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.056%, was never going to end well.
For one man, he was "lucky" it ended with an upcoming court date and not in a serious car crash.
Longreach Road Policing Unit officer-in-charge Sergeant Wayne Lynn said on Monday he was travelling from Longreach to Rockhampton and wrote eight tickets for speeding, while in Emerald alone officers wrote nine.
Sgt Lynn caught the Sunshine Coast man travelling at a whopping 182kmh in the 100kmh zone on the Capricorn Hwy, just shy of the Anakie turn-off.
"It was ridiculous," Sgt Lynn said.
"It was the long weekend also with extra traffic on the highway, and that sort of speed is just ridiculous.
"He also went (in a RBT) 0.056% - 182 (kmh) is the fastest I've seen in a while."
In Emerald, nine people were caught speeding over the long weekend.
Their speeds included 78kmh in a 50kmh zone on Harris St and 82kmh in a 60kmh zone on Braeside Rd.
Emerald Road Policing Unit officer-in-charge Sergeant Brad Weeks said speeding in built-up town or urban areas carried different risks to highway speeding.
"In the lower speed zones the problem is that you've got a lot less time to react with either people, objects or other vehicles appearing out of side streets or driveways," Sgt Weeks said.
"And as everybody knows, the faster you go, the less time you have to react to avoid the collision."
Sgts Weeks and Lynn were travelling from their hometowns respectively to attend training in Rockhampton, and both said they were stopping to write tickets the whole way.
"I was just coming in from Longreach to Rockhampton - I got eight tickets," Sgt Lynn said.
Sgt Weeks and fellow Emerald Road Policing Unit officer Senior Constable Terry Parker also wrote eight tickets on the road.
"The Monday seemed to be the worst day out of the whole weekend as far as people speeding," Sgt Weeks said.
"We had a learner driver travelling at 118kmh in a 100kmh zone."
New local Magistrate Jeff Clarke has spoken about the dangers of speeding while addressing a charge in the Blackwater court.
"There is no tolerance for speeding any more," Mr Clarke said.