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5 December, 2121
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    Palmerston Speedway or Gumball Rally?

    On Tuesday 22 October, in the afternoon, Police Officers could have been mistaken for imagining the Palmerston Highway had turned into the Gumball Rally.

    Why? Well, Innisfail Police on that afternoon, intercepted a number of motorists at O’Briens Hill who were travelling well over the speed limit.

    Most local residents are aware of the steep nature of the road down the Palmerston as it winds through the scenic countryside, it is not a road you want to lose control of your vehicle or impact on an innocent road user while driving at eccessive speed.

    However, this didn’t deter several motorists from this very dangerous habit. Speeding kills.

    Between 4.30pm and 5.30pm, seven vehicles were intercepted, with three motorists receiving traffic infringement notices of $444 and four demerit points for travelling 20km/h over the speed limit.

    A 63-year-old Millaa Millaa woman was allegedly travelling at 88km/h in a 60km/h zone.

    A 69-year-old Sarina man was intercepted allegedly travelling at 86km/h in a 60km/h zone.

    A 66-year-old international tourist was intercepted travelling at an alleged speed of 90km/h in a 60km/h.

    Police want to remind motorists how dangerous speeding is. By exceeding the speed limit, you are increasing the time it takes for you to stop, and therefore increasing your risk of serious injury or death.

    The consequences of driving faster can have huge impacts, not just on the victims of road crashes but also on the families, friends and the emergency service workers who attend the crashes.

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