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Elderly hoon, 80, loses licence for 'driving at 182kmh'

An elderly man has temporarily lost his licence after police say he was seen travelling at more than 80km/h over the speed limit.

South Australia Police said the 80-year-old man from the Adelaide Plains was stopped by officers on a highway in Alma around 2.45pm on Wednesday.

He was allegedly driving a Subaru WRX sedan at 182km/h in a section of road with a 100km/h speed limit.

The 80-year-old was issued with a $1,814 fine and an immediate six-month loss of licence.

A police photo of the elderly man's car. Source: SA Police
The elderly man was allegedly driving a Subaru WRX at 182km/h in a 100km/h speed limit. Source: SA Police

"Given the high number of serious and fatal crashes recently in the Barossa and Mid North Area, this type of driving is of significant concern to police," SA Police said in a press release.

"Highway patrols will continue to have a presence along main arterial roads and highways between rural townships with speed detection, vehicle roadworthiness, and drink and drug driving receiving particular attention.

"Police would like to remind all drivers in the area to obey speed limits, for the safety of all road users."

The state has recorded 64 deaths on the roads in 2021, compared to 57 this time last year, the ABC reports.

Last week, a 68-year-old man from Mannum was killed when his ute rolled.

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