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Hunter P-plater clocked at 160km/h over long weekend

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A Hunter P-plater had his licence suspended and confiscated for six months after being clocked travelling at 160km/h during NSW Police’s Queen’s Birthday long weekend traffic operation.

With double demerits in force for the four-day period, the high-visibility crusade saw officers targeting speeding, drink and drug driving, driving while fatigued, mobile phone, helmet and other offences.

Just after midnight on Saturday 11 June, personnel from Singleton Traffic and Highway Patrol were performing speed enforcement duties on the Hunter Expressway.

It was there they detected a Holden Commodore hitting 160km/h.

The lad behind the wheel, a 20-year-old man from Muswellbrook, produced a P1 provisional licence.

He was then issued an infringement for P1 driver exceed speed – over 45km/h.

Police conducted 36,436 breath tests in the northern region alone between 12.01am on Friday (10 June) and 11.59pm on Monday (13 June).

Eighty drivers registered positive PCAs.

During the state-wide campaign, 3,197 people were issued infringement notices for speeding and 273 were charged with drink-driving.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander Assistant Commissioner Brett McFadden said the type of behaviour shown by a small number of motorists was unacceptable.

“While the rest of the state abides by the road rules, they are extremely lucky they did not harm themselves or other road users,” he stated.

“Over the weekend, one person lost their life in a crash at Sutton Forest.

“While this is four less than the same period last year, it is still one person too many.

“While the operation has now concluded, rest assured – we will continue to have our officers proactively patrolling the streets to take the appropriate action against those who drive dangerously.”

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