'Speedster' pays high price

BAD MOVE: Police nabbed a driver travelling at 158km/h on the Kings Highway on Friday. Photo: NSW Police.

BAD MOVE: Police nabbed a driver travelling at 158km/h on the Kings Highway on Friday. Photo: NSW Police.

An Easter holiday motorist has felt the full force of the law after being detected speeding.

Highway patrol officers said they checked the driver travelling at 158km/h on the Kings Highway at Manar near Braidwood at 2pm Friday.

After pulling him over the driver reportedly told police: "The other people wouldn't give me space.”

He was issued with a $2350 fine for exceeding the speed limit by more than over 45km/h, stripped of 14 demerit points and had his driving privileges in NSW withdrawn for six months.

Police stopped the driver as part of Operation Tortoise, targeting speeding, drink and drug-driving, mobile phone use and not wearing seat belts. 

 7687 drivers were detected speeding during Operation Tortoise over the Easter long weekend.

Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, of the Traffic & Highway Patrol Command, said people continue to put their lives and the lives of other at risk with speeding.

“The fact that over 7500 drivers were still detected speeding over a single long-weekend is ludicrous.”

“During Operation Tortoise, despite numerous warnings, and double demerit enforcement, people still put their lives and the lives of other road users at risk by speeding.”

“Speeding is still the biggest contributor to fatal crashes, contributing to about 40% of fatal crashes.”

“We had four people die during Operation Tortoise. That is four families who have lost a loved one this Easter,” said Commissioner Corboy on Tuesday morning.

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