A policeman monitors traffic with a speed device. Police will be out in force today.
A policeman monitors traffic with a speed device. Police will be out in force today. AAP Imagealan Porritt

Sorry saga on highways

A ROCKHAMPTON speedster was clocked at 110 kmh in a 70 kmh zone on a wet and slippery road on Wednesday night.

“It’s very disappointing to see someone doing this in such bad conditions, especially after we had a fatality earlier that day,” the region’s top traffic officer, Acting Inspector Rebecca Martin, said yesterday.

Police said the wet conditions had contributed to a car crash on the Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road about 6.15am on Wednesday, in which Yeppoon man Jason Rich died.

About 12 hours later, the speedster was caught zooming along Moores Creek Road, North Rockhampton.

The car was pulled over near the Feez Street roundabout.

It is understood the driver faces an automatic six-month suspension and a fine.

The wet conditions have caused a spike in the number of crashes on the region’s roads.

Acting Inspector Martin said four injury and eight non-injury crashes were reported during the 24-hour period to midnight yesterday.

“The weather has certainly had an impact,” Acting Inspector Martin said.

She urged motorists to drive to the road conditions.

Police yesterday were warning they would be out in force both last night and today.

Wednesday’s fatality took the region’s road toll to 55 for 2009 – one of the worst years on record.



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