17-year-old detected 57km/h above speed limit


 A 17-year-old provisional licence holder has been detected travelling at 137km/h in an 80km/h speed zone on the Barton Highway.   

About 3.20pm yesterday (Monday, 14 March 2022) officers in an unmarked ACT Road Policing vehicle detected the driver, and issued him with a traffic infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h.  

The driver has been fined $1841 and will accrue six demerit points.  

ACT Policing would like to remind all road users to obey the speed limits.  

Superintendent Corey Heldon from Road Policing and Emergency Management & Planning said this driver’s behaviour was particularly disturbing, given their lack of experience behind the wheel.  

“This driver has only had their licence a matter of months and has decided to treat the Barton Highway as a racetrack”, Superintendent Heldon said.  

“There’s never any excuse to speed, and this inexperienced driver doing so on one of Canberra’s busiest roads was putting lives at risk with no margin for error.”   

“There’s very little time to react to other drivers at that speed, meaning one small mistake can very quickly turn into a situation that can seriously injure or kill someone.” 

Media enquiries 

Police Media — (02) 5126 9070, act-police-media@afp.gov.au 

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