188km/h driver ludicrous: police

THE North West’s highway boss said a speedster nabbed driving at almost 200km/h in Tamworth was nothing short of “ludicrous”.

Barwon Cluster highway patrol Senior Sergeant Peter McMenamin said the 42-year-old’s actions could have been fatal.

Highway officers were patrolling Burgmanns Lane about 1.30pm on Tuesday when they nabbed the BMW travelling at 188km/h in a 100km/h posted zone.

“It’s just ludicrous,” Senior Sergeant McMenamin said.

“And even more so that people would expect they can do that sort of speed and get away with it.”

The 42-year-old’s licence was suspended on the spot and he was issued a $2197 fine for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h.

“A crash at that speed would be fatal,” Senior Sergeant McMenamin said.

“It would be unsurvivable for both himself or anyone else that could have been involved.

“That sort of speed poses a significant risk to themselves and other motorists out and about and it only takes a minor issue to occur before it can turn fatal.”

The speedster was not the only one stopped by police this week.

A Victorian man driving along the New England Highway near Ben Lomand has a date with court after he was allegedly booked doing 148km/h.

He was charged with exceeding the speed limit by more than 30km/h and checks revealed he didn’t hold a licence either.

Senior Sergeant McMenamin said locals needed to realise a loss of licence could have widespread consequences.

“Whether it’s your job or just your way to get around, it will affect your whole lifestyle,” he said.

“You can’t just duck down the street for a loaf of bread or head out to get your child’s medication, you just can’t drive without a licence.

“People need to be aware of the big picture and drive accordingly.”

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