South West District Officers from Eromanga and Quilpie apprehended two male drivers at Eromanga on Saturday 28th November for speeding offences.
Officers received reports that the drivers had been conducting speed trials on outback roads.
Two males from Brisbane, aged 29 and 36, were arrested in relation to dangerous operation of a vehicle (speed trials), driving an Audi S3 and BMW 318, respectively.
The 36 year old driver was allegedly travelling at 263km/h on the Bulloo Developmental Road, while the driver of the BMW reached speeds of 218km/h on the same road.
The 26 year old driver has been issued with a court attendance notice for dangerous driving, as well as an infringement notice for using a mobile phone whilst driving. The driver is set to appear in the Quilpie Magistrates Court on Monday February 2016, and his Audi has been seized and impounded for 3 months.
South West Police have said they are disappointed that drivers would put themselves and other road users at risk by travelling at such high speeds.
At 263km per hour, a vehicle is travelling at around 75 metres a second which is a very small window of reaction time if a kangaroo, emu, cattle, sheep or bird happens to cross the road in front of you.
The 29-year-old driver of the BMW was issued with a high speed infringement notice costing him $1099 and a six month license suspension.
This incident is a timely reminder for drivers entering the holiday season, with police warning all road users to take care when driving on roads in the outback.
While traffic may not be high out here in the west, wildlife can cause accidents, and even more so if you are not sticking to the speed limit.
Police will be targeting the Fatal Five this holiday season, so adhere to the road rules.
- Drink / Drug Driving
- Failure to Wear a Seat Belt
- Driving while Fatigued
- Distraction and Inattention