Fast and furious: driver enjoys new car for two days after being caught travelling at 152km/h

ON THE JOB: Frustrated police caught 42 drivers travelling at more than 45km/h over the speed limit in just one week across NSW: Photo: NSW POLICE

ON THE JOB: Frustrated police caught 42 drivers travelling at more than 45km/h over the speed limit in just one week across NSW: Photo: NSW POLICE

A DRIVER had his Holden ute seized just two days after buying it after he was caught travelling at 152km/h along Eleven Mile Drive north of Bathurst this week.

The driver was just one of 42 drivers caught travelling at more than 45km/h over the speed limit in just one week on the state’s roads.

Three of the drivers were P-platers and three more were caught in school zones.

Police said the driver on Eleven Mile Drive was caught by Chifley highway patrol officers who were carrying out speed enforcement duties around 7pm on Wednesday.

Officers observed the grey Holden Commodore Maloo R8 Utility travelling north-west and could easily hear the high revving of the vehicle’s engine and exhaust.

Police conducted a radar check on the vehicle, which allegedly showed a reading of 152km/h in a 60km/h zone.

As the utility approached the police vehicle, officers activated warning lights and signalled for the driver to stop.

He told police he had bought the vehicle just two days prior and had transferred the registration into his name the same day.

The driver was issued an infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h and had his licence suspended for six months.

Police seized the the vehicle and had it towed to a holding yard where it will remain for three months.

NSW Traffic and Highway Patrol operations commander Superintendent Stuart Smith said it had been a disappointing week on the state’s roads, but all the suspended drivers should be thankful they were stopped by police before becoming involved in a crash.

“Each of these drivers will now learn the hard way - with no car, no licence and a hefty fine,” Supt Smith said.

“Hopefully they won’t engage in such selfish reckless behavior. They have placed themselves, their passengers, and other road users all at great risk.”

Supt Smith said motorists should be aware that a number of police operations were continuing in metropolitan and regional areas - and speeding drivers would be caught.

NSW Centre for Road Safety general manager Margaret Prendergast, said speed played a role in about 40 per cent of all road deaths.

“We are disappointed that despite the road toll dropping last year the percentage of speeding drivers increased,” Ms Prendergast said.

“Speeding affects all of us. Speeding increases your chance of having a crash, and increases the risk of serious injury or death if you do crash.”

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