A P-PLATER in Tamworth has lost his licence after he allegedly did a burnout in front of police, while another has been clocked 70km over the speed limit.
Local police say they're gobsmacked at the dangerous behaviour which saw the number plates of both cars confiscated for three months.
The 20-year-old Tamworth man pulled out of the McDonald's Restaurant on Roderick Street, and allegedly conducted a lengthy burnout, in front of several people about midday on Anzac Day.
Little did he know highway police were watching his every move.
"The aggravated burnout was conducted where there were numerous members of the public nearby including war veterans, service men and women and families enjoying a meal or a coffee, or standing closeby talking," Oxley Highway Patrol Sergeant Michael Buko told the Leader.
"This was extremely dangerous behaviour; it was reckless, deliberate, offensive and prolonged.
"It could have caused an accident and was one of the most dangerous acts we have seen since the start of Operation Go Slow."
The green P-plater was stopped just around the corner in Peel Street where police immediately seized his number plates and suspended his licence.
This was extremely dangerous behaviour; it was reckless, deliberate, offensive and prolonged.Oxley Highway Patrol Sergeant Michael Buko
"The 20-year-old has been issued a field court attendance notice for aggravated burnout and will front Tamworth Local Court at a later date," Sergeant Buko said.
"This is not acceptable, and now police have confiscated his number plates so not only has his licence been suspended, but no one can drive that ute now, and drivers need to know that this is what happens when behaviour like this occurs."
Meanwhile, a red P-plater has been nabbed allegedly driving at 159km - almost 70km an hour over the 90km per hour p-plate speed limit - near Uralla.
Highway patrol officers were on the New England Highway shortly before 11pm on Wednesday when they detected the Holden Commodore speeding.
The 19-year-old Armidale man was fined $2435 and 12 demerit points. His licence was also suspended on the spot for six months and the owner's number plates were confiscated.
The incidents come amid a crackdown on the roads for Anzac Day and the last days of school holidays.
Extra officers have been deployed across the New England for Operation Go Slow, with double demerits in force until midnight on Sunday.