JAWS OF LIFE: Auxiliary firefighters from Warwick and Killarney undertook road crash rescue practice at the Warwick Fire Station in November.
JAWS OF LIFE: Auxiliary firefighters from Warwick and Killarney undertook road crash rescue practice at the Warwick Fire Station in November. Elyse Wurm

Police slam spate of lead-foot offenders on highway

POLICE have slammed complacency and inattention on our roads after multiple drivers were caught speeding on the Cunningham Highway in the first nine days of the year.

Leyburn Police Senior Constable Matt Swan said eight drivers had been issued with infringement notices for speeding since January 1, including three tickets issued in the space of 20 minutes on Tuesday.

The average speed detected was 122km/h in the 100km/h zone between Greymare and Gore, with the highest speed recorded being 126km/h.

Sen-Constable Swan said motorists caught speeding more than 20km/h above the limit received a $435 fine and four demerit points.

"It's very disappointing to see such high speeds on a continual basis," he said.

"Exceeding the speed limit can result from a lapse of concentration and has long-term affects in terms of fatalities."

"Travelling above the signposted speed limits not only puts the driver at risk but puts their family at risk."

Warwick Fire Station Lieutenant Chris Gilchrist said inattention and fatigue were the main causes of crashes in the region, including the use of mobile phones while driving.

"They may not think that looking at a phone is a problem but at the speed they're travelling they could be on the wrong side of the road when they look up," he said.

Lt Gilchrist said he had been to crashes, including one where two babies died and another that killed a father and son, which involved fatigue.

He agreed drivers had become complacent.

"They think it's not going to happen to them, that they're not going to get caught, but police are more active now," Lt Gilchrist said.

"Have the mobile phone put away somewhere, it can't be that urgent."



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