Vehicles seized after speed limit exceeded by 100kmh

Facing court

About 8pm last Saturday (27 July 2019), ACT Policing detected two cars travelling side by side at 180 kilometres per hour (km/h) in an 80km/h speed zone on Gungahlin Drive, Franklin.

Police stopped the vehicles on Gungahlin Drive near Oodgeroo Avenue at which point both drivers admitted they were racing each other.

Police seized both vehicles for a period of up to 90 days for street racing.

The drivers will also be summonsed to the ACT Magistrates Court for driving at a dangerous speed, exceeding the speed limit by greater than 45km/h and street racing.

Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations, Detective Acting Station Sergeant Marcus Boorman said police have the power to seize vehicles for speed related incidents such as burn outs, failing to stop for police or street racing.

“The streets aren’t for racing and anybody who thinks otherwise will be targeted by police,” Detective Acting Station Sergeant Boorman said.

“I’m sure all Canberrans are happy that these drivers no longer have their vehicles and will be held responsible for their actions in court.”

“If a collision had occurred the outcome would have been catastrophic. They could have easily killed themselves, their passengers or somebody just going about their business.”

“Their actions were totally irresponsible and they had no consideration for other road users.”

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