Police caught two speeding driver on the Bruce Highway in 10 minutes
Police caught two speeding driver on the Bruce Highway in 10 minutes Kevin Farmer

Police book driver doing 168km/h in 100km/h zone

TWO men have been caught driving at more than 40km/h over the speed limit in Bowen, less than 10 minutes apart.

Senior Constable Steve Smith said a 19-year-old Marian man was stopped by police allegedly travelling at 146km/h in a 100 km/h zone on the Bruce Highway at 6.55pm on Monday.

Ten minutes later that same evening, the same police officer stopped a 32-year-old Brisbane man who was allegedly travelling at 168km/h in a 100km/h zone.

Snr Const Smith said while on-the-spot fines of $1177 and eight demerit points may seem harsh, the potential impact of driving at high speed were worse.

"As bad as these punishments may seem, they pale in comparison to the potential tragedies that can result,” he said.

"There is little hope of any driver being able to stop quickly or safely in an emergent situation when travelling at such high speeds,

"Yet lives depend on this - do the right thing when you get behind the wheel and please obey the speed limits.”

Snr Const Smith's warning comes after nine motorists were detected driving at more than 40km/h above the speed limit in the Mackay police district.

Department of Transport and Main Roads statistics show 15 drivers were caught for this same offence last year up to September 30, 2017.