Teen loses licence for overtaking police car

A MOTORIST who yesterday clocked 140kmh on the Yeppoonto-Rockhampton Road while overtaking an unmarked police vehicle lost his licence and was fined.

Rockhampton CIB Detective Senior Sergeant Graham Richards had been driving to work when he booked the 18-year-old just after 7.50am.

Under tough anti-hooning laws, the driver automatically lost his licence for six months for exceeding the speed limit (100kmh) by 40kmh or more, and also copped a $350 fine.

Senior Sergeant Richards said any police officer had the power to book motorists for speeding.

"We have a duty of care to ensure the safety of the public,'' he said.

"People who speed are not only a danger to themselves but to other road users.



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