Driver caught at 181kmh

FOR the fourth time in two weeks a speeding driver has been caught doing 80kmh or more over the speed limit on the North Coast.

On Saturday at 1.45pm, a 35-year-old Queensland man driving a gold Lexus 4WD was clocked doing 181kmh in a 100kmh zone on the Pacific Highway near Bangalow.

The south-bound vehicle was spotted by an officer attached to the statewide traffic blitz, Operation National Route 1, who pulled the driver over.

The officer issued him with an infringement notice for doing more than 45kmh over the limit and fined him $1915.

Last week, a Queensland learner driver reached speeds of 180kmh while trying to out-run police at Cumbalum and another Queensland learner driver was spotted doing 200kmh before crashing near Ballina the week prior.

Three children were also injured when another high-speed chase ended with two cars colliding south of Woodburn the same week.

Tweed Heads Senior Constable Brett Burns said "weekend warriors from interstate" were mainly responsible for excessive speeds being reached on the northern stretch of the Pacific Highway.

"There's a distinct lack of police presence on the M1 in Queensland, so when they come down here they're shocked to find police patrolling the highway," he said.

"There's basically dual lanes between Bangalow and the Queensland border, so it's a hot spot for speeding."

Snr Const Burns said drivers who reached 180kmh and over were "endangering the public" and he hoped the statewide Operation National Route 1, which has been going since March, will change the trend of speeding on the Northern NSW Coast.

"We've basically got a 24-hour presence on the Pacific Highway now, so the chance of someone speeding and getting away with it is pretty slim."

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