P-platers are regular speedsters on Southern Downs roads.
P-platers are regular speedsters on Southern Downs roads.

P-plater clocks 103kmh in town

RUNNING late for a date with his girlfriend was enough to make a 17-year-old Southern Downs teen clock 103kmh in a 60kmh zone on Friday night.

But a Warwick Police traffic branch spokesman said this was not uncommon and officers were witnessing more and more erratic young drivers on the road.

"The media keeps saying that P-platers are over-represented in fatal and serious traffic accidents and this is the reason why," he said.

"We are constantly seeing (P-platers) doing at least 10km above the speed limit and this is why they have this reputation."

The spokesman said in the case of the aforementioned 17-year-old, it was "one of the worst displays of driving" he had seen in 30 years.

"He overtook me coming around the Allora straight and took the dog-leg corner at probably 80kmh and then I got him doing 103kmh in Forde St (60kmh zone)," he said.

"Nobody should drive in this manner."

The officer had a few words of advice for other young drivers.

"Slow down, observe the speed limits and have some consideration for other people on the road."



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