P-plater cops $3,000 fine after wild speeding excuse

Accidents on our roads are soaring, with almost every jurisdiction in Australia having recorded increases in preventable deaths in the last year.

A police dashboard showing the woman's speed, and red Hyundai pulled over in front.
Police say a P-plate driver was found to have been speeding almost 50km/h above the limit. She excused her illegal act because she was running late for work. Source: NSW Police

Fed-up police officers are desperately urging the public to slow down and practice caution on our roads, amid a string of woeful excuses from drivers who have been caught speeding across the country.

Accidents on our roads are soaring across Australia, with almost every jurisdiction throughout the country having recorded increases in preventable deaths in the last year. In fact, 2023 was the deadliest year on Australian roads in more than half a decade, according to recent data.

The worrying trend has seen authorities scramble over how best to manage the worsening crisis, with states and territories unveiling a range of new strategies in response. This week, police said a P-plater found to have been speeding almost 50 kilometres above the limit excused the illegal act because she was running late to her job.

Just before 7am on Wednesday police attached to the Brisbane Water Highway Patrol were performing High Visibility patrols of the M1 Motorway in Somersby — on the NSW Central Coast — when a Red Hyundai sedan "came under notice of officers due to her speed".

Police followed the P-plater and clocked the female driver speeding at 153kph in a 110 zone, 43kph above the limit and 53kph above the maximum speed allowed for provisional.

"Police stopped the vehicle nearby where she told officers 'I'm extremely late for work'," NSW Police said. She was issued a penalty notice for the offence of P2 Driver exceeding speed limit by more than 45kph. The offence carries a penalty amount of $2,959 and a six-month suspension of her licence.

The Australian Automobile Association’s newest benchmarking, the National Road Safety Strategy report, reveals a 7.3 per cent increase in deaths on Australian roads from 2022 to 2023, with 1,266 people losing their lives on our roads last year.

The second half of 2023 proved the deadliest consecutive quarters on Australian roads since the first six months of 2010, as 677 road deaths were recorded.

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