Another fatigued driver speeds



A SPEEDING ticket may have saved a driver's life as he hurtled through a notorious Central Queensland fatigue zone.

He'd been driving 10 hours straight on his own when police clocked him at 133kmh on the Bruce Highway north of St Lawrence.

He was travelling from Ipswich to Airlie Beach. The Monday interception wasn't far from where a 16-yearold female driver died in a crash on Friday afternoon.

His was one of 222 speeding tickets issued in Central Queensland on Monday, the most on one day since the Christmas holiday traffic campaign began on December 23.

A disgusted Central Region Traffic Inspector, Lyle Mitchell, said the St Lawrence incident was just another example of people risking lives on the road despite warnings.

"He still had two hours to go,'' he said.

"These drivers are not only failing to take breaks, they are speeding as well. That stretch of highway between Rockhampton and Mackay historically has had many crashes and a lot of them are fatigue related.''

As of Monday, police had booked 389 speeding drivers in the Rockhampton district since December 23.



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