Provisional driver caught without plates at 90 over the limit

Charged with driving offences

A 21-year-old Moncrieff man will be fined a total of $2,386 after he was detected driving with no P-plates displayed at 170km/h on the Majura Parkway on Thursday (7 October 2021).

The driver overtook a police officer in the 100km/h area, and his speed was measured at 170km/h. After passing into the signposted 80km/h area, the driver did not reduce his speed, and his speed was again measured at 170km/h, more than double the limit.

Officer in Charge ACT Road Policing, Detective Inspector Donna Hofmeier said this behaviour was beyond inexcusable.

“To drive so fast as a P-plate driver, or indeed any licenced driver, defies common sense,” said Detective Inspector Hofmeier.

“Provisional drivers aren’t as experienced on our roads and if you overestimate your ability, there is no margin for error at that speed,”

“What we’ve seen here is another driver who thought it was OK to treat the road as a racetrack during lockdown. What we’ve also seen here is that if you choose to speed, at any time you could pass a police officer."

“What we didn’t see here was a crash, which would have almost certainly resulted in someone - or more than one person – being killed. There is no reason to drive that fast."

The driver will be issued with infringements for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h, which carries a fine of $2,136 and 6 demerit points, and not displaying P-plates, which is a further fine of $250.

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