Speeding driver 'just having fun'
A MACKAY apprentice has shown off his rather stupid skills on Facebook.
The young man took a photo of his speedometer at 200kmh and claimed he and a friend were just going for a casual drive.
"I don't care what any of you think, I'm just having fun," he said in reply to negative comments about the photo.
Those comments included, "at that speed all it takes is one pothole and there'll be two funerals".
Another friend of the man said, "one pothole, one animal, one unexpected corner, etc and life is gone for at least two people".
The post has since been deleted.
Mackay Traffic Branch Sergeant Shane Edwards said such a speed would almost certainly kill.
"The chance of surviving a crash at that speed is almost nil," Sgt Edwards said.
"It wouldn't take much. A tyre blowout or wildlife on the road or if he hit a pothole.
"The results would be catastrophic."
Sgt Edwards said there would never be a need to travel at that speed and any driver doing so could end up in court.
"Any vehicle travelling 41kmh above the speed limit would face penalties," he said.
"They'd receive a $933 penalty and lose eight points from their licence.
"Their licence would be suspended for six months as well.
"Depending on the circumstances they could be charged for dangerous driving."
Although he hadn't caught anyone driving at 200kmh, drivers were still speeding way over the limit, Sgt Edwards said.
"I've caught two drivers speeding on the Bruce Hwy in one day," he said.
"One was driving at 150kmh and the other was caught doing 170 kmh.
"They both had no reason for travelling at that speed."
Boasting on Facebook was nothing new, Sgt Edwards said.
"It has been a trend to boast on websites," he said.
"It's disappointing but not surprising.
"We certainly don't encourage it."
During the Easter break a driver was caught doing 175kmh on the Bruce Hwy, near Proserpine, in a 100kmh zone, the Daily Mercury reported on April 9.