Suspended rider caught three times



POLICE caught a speeding North Rockhampton motorcyclist, driving on a suspended licence, three times in the space of a few hours on Thursday.

First, the serial offender was clocked at 150kmh on the Bruce Highway near Marmor, south of Rockhampton, at 8.20am.

Then he was pulled over on the same road about 1pm and issued with a notice to appear in court.

Fifteen minutes later and police caught him again speeding on the Bruce Highway, this time he was doing 116kmh in a 100kmh zone.

The man was one of the "idiot minority'', Central Region Traffic Co-ordinator Lyle Mitchell said police had caught during the early days of the Easter period.

"You could say he's a slow learner,'' Inspector Mitchell said.

He said the motorcyclist, whose licence was already suspended because of a loss of points, would appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court at a later date.

He said other offenders included: l A 34-year-old Mt Morgan man who recorded a blood alcohol content of .22 (more than four times the legal limit) when his car was pulled over in Coronation Drive on Wednesday. The man had been on a drinking binge for several days; l An Emerald man who blew .28 after being pulled over during a random breath test in the town late on Thursday night; l A 54-year-old man who blew .22 when he was pulled over in Emerald early on Wednesday; and l A motorist recorded at 139kmh on the Bruce Highway on Thursday.

Inspector Mitchell said some people were not getting the message, despite repeated warnings.

"The idiot minority are letting (everyone) down,'' Inspec- tor Mitchell said. "I'm at a loss to know how we get the message through to these people.

"It's only when they get hit in the hip pocket before (they start to change).''

However despite this, he said it was quite a good start for the Central Queensland area to the Easter period.

He said only four minor crashes were reported in the region yesterday.



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