Speeder saved in the nick of time
THE OLD saying about being in the right place at the right time certainly held true for Ipswich councillor Paul Tully yesterday.
And it was what Cr Tully did that saved a Clontarf man his licence, his job and his home in what can only be described as a 1000 to one shot.
Cr Tully had just taken a picture of a 60kmh sign being changed to a 70kmh sign on the Ipswich Motorway service road between Gailes and Goodna when the man was caught speeding past the exact same sign by a police officer down the road.
Cr Tully's photo captured the black vehicle after passing the sign which had moments earlier been bolted down by a yellow-vested council worker.
But just 500m up the road the driver was stopped by an Ipswich Traffic Branch officer for going 77kmh and given a $200 ticket and docked two demerit points.
It was not by chance that Cr Tully was there.
"I've had a lot of complaints about this 60kmh zone and I'd arranged some time ago to get it increased to 70," he said.
Cr Tully went up to talk to the driver but the police officer had already written out the ticket.
The problem for the driver was that he was on 10 demerit points and the extra two would have seen him lose everything.
The fine was changed to a lesser fine of $133 and one demerit point, so he was safe.
"This guy had just bought his house.
"He said if he'd lost his job he would have lost his house," Cr Tully said.
Cr Tully said the driver was the "luckiest man in Australia", saved by a split-second change in the speed limit.
"It was a million to one chance that I snapped his vehicle as it passed the new speed limit sign.
"I suggested he go out and buy a lottery ticket for his totally unbelievable good fortune."