Police vow to put brakes on speed

By FRAZER PEARCE

A CAR chase, a death and a rash of frightening high-speed incidents has triggered an urgent warning from alarmed Rockhampton police for motorists to slow down.

Just days after a Rockhampton teenager died in a speed-related smash in the city, a 19-year-old man allegedly led police on two pursuits on Monday night and a motorist was clocked at 140kmh yesterday morning (see Page 3).

Truckies also reported a black ute and a Harley-Davidson motorbike racing on the Capricorn Highway.

Although police did not locate these two vehicles, a man faced Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday on multiple charges relating to the Monday night pursuits.

Rockhampton Inspector Dave Scott said the spate of reckless driving was alarming, particularly so soon after the accident on Friday night which claimed the life of 17-year-old Ty Dylan Pryke.

"We don't want another tragedy ? speed kills and we are dismayed at the number of high speeds being detected in and around Rockhampton,'' he said.

"We are urging all drivers to slow down (with regard to speed limits) and drive according to the road conditions.''

He said it was disturbing that motorists were not heeding multiple warnings from police.

"Speeding drivers will be punished to the full extent of the law,'' he said.



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