Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson.
Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson. Steve Gray

State's top cop caught speeding

POLICE Commissioner Bob Atkinson has apologised to the people of Queensland after being caught speeding in Brisbane.

Mr Atkinson was snapped by a speed camera on Main Street, Kangaroo Point at 8.25pm on February 3, doing 70kph in a 60kph zone.

He received notification of the fine on Tuesday, February 14.

"At the time I was driving my contract-based service vehicle and was travelling to Police Headquarters in relation to service related matters," Mr Atkinson said in a written apology.

"I accept responsibility for this infringement and have paid the Traffic Infringement Notice.

The Commissioner was fined $133.00 and lost one point on his licence.

"I was aware that the section of roadway was a 60kph zone but was not consciously or deliberately exceeding the speed limit," he said.

"Whilst no excuse I can only attribute this breach to a lapse of concentration.

"I sincerely regret this occurrence and apologise to my colleagues and the community."

Mr Atkinson said he remained committed to reducing the state's road toll.

 

Statement from Commissioner Atkinson

Today I was issued with a Traffic Infringement Notice (TIN) for exceeding the speed limit of 60kph by 10kph by travelling at 70kph in Main Street, Kangaroo Point at 8.25pm on Friday the 3rd February, 2012.

At the time I was driving my contract based service vehicle and was travelling to Police Headquarters in relation to service related matters.

I accept responsibility for this infringement and have paid the Traffic Infringement Notice (fine $133.00 and 1 demerit point).

I was aware that the section of roadway was a 60kph zone but was not consciously or deliberately exceeding the speed limit.

Whilst no excuse I can only attribute this breach to a lapse of concentration.

The detection was from a fixed speed camera. I was aware of its existence in that area.

I sincerely regret this occurrence and apologise to my colleagues and the community.

I also acknowledge the support of the media to myself and the QPS in our combined efforts to reduce the road toll.

The most important issue for me is that those efforts and that work continue unabated.  Despite this breach I am and remain genuinely committed to reducing the road toll and also hope to stay involved in that area after I retire from the QPS.



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