Traffic police frustrated with amount of speed demons in Riverina

WAGGA’S Highway Patrol unit are fed up with the number of speed demons on the Hume Highway after two motorists exceeded 200km/h in three days this week. 

A 21-year-old lost his ute and his licence after he was caught allegedly speeding at 231km/h in a 110km/h zone at Jugiong, while a 19-year-old reached speeds of about 200km/h on a Honda 600cc motorbike. 

Meanwhile, in the early hours of Friday morning, a P-plater was clocked at 171km/h on the Hume at Tumblong.

They are among the lead-foot drivers whose behaviour has been described by traffic police as “sheer stupidity, inconsiderate and deadly” in the wake of the state’s growing road toll.

A critical incident investigation launched by NSW Police has also revealed a 25-year-old Wagga motorcyclist who had his leg severed in a horrifying crash on Tuesday was allegedly seen speeding by police moments before the collision. 

Highway Patrol chief Sergeant Wayne McLachlan said the previous few days were part of a “horror week” on the region’s roads.  

“It’s appalling and it’s definitely going to end in tragedy,” he said.

“These people have no consideration for the lives and well-being of other motorists on the roads.”

Sergeant McLachlan said Gundagai was increasingly becoming a hot-spot for dangerous hoons.

Tumblong, a small town near Gundagai with roughly 400 inhabitants, saw 29 drivers clocked 45 km/h over the speed limit in 2016 alone.

It ranked seventh in NSW for serious speeding, despite having just a fraction of the population of other high-ranking Sydney suburbs. 

The number of participants in Wagga’s PCYC traffic offender intervention program also continues to increase. 

The centre has ramped up its meetings from five to 12 per year after a “surge in dangerous driving”. 

“We see the affects of reckless driving when we get more and more demand,” organiser -Jon Morgan said. 

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