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15 February, 2022

Police out in force across region

POLICE are pleading with motorcyclists to slow down to avoid becoming a road statistic.

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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.

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