15 February, 2022
Police out in force across region
POLICE are pleading with motorcyclists to slow down to avoid becoming a road statistic.
Police are using an incident that occurred last week when a woman motorcyclist was fined for speeding to hammer the message home.
The 55-year-old woman was fined after she overtook an unmarked police car at 160km/h in a 100km/h zone on the Kennedy Highway at Mareeba.
She was fined $1,286 and eight demerit points. Police say motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in a crash than people travelling in a car.
Meanwhile, Kuranda police charged a 35-year-old Redbank Plains woman with traffic and drug possession after she was intercepted on the Kennedy Highway on 7 February.
Officers stopped the woman driver allegedly travelling at 115km/h in a 100 km/h zone. The vehicle she was travelling in was allegedly unregistered and uninsured.
Officers conducted a search of the vehicle and will allege that a small quantity of cannabis, drug utensils, a syringe and illegal prescription medication were found.
Police conducted a roadside drug test and the woman allegedly tested positive to driving with methamphetamine and cannabis in her system.
She will appear in the Mareeba Magistrates Court on 28 February.