167kmh: These are the people that cause road fatalities

A 19-year-old Blenheim man has appeared in court after he tried to pass a police officer at nearly 170kmh.

James Kelly Smith, of Springlands, appeared at the Blenheim District Court yesterday after being stopped on December 2 when he was clocked driving at 167kmh in a 100kmh zone.

The police officer stopped Smith on State Highway 83 at Kurow, near Oamaru after he noticed him approaching from behind at high speed, before pulling into the right-hand lane to pass him, the court heard.

Smith told the officer he was in a hurry to get to Queenstown and had no idea what speed he was going because he was looking at the road.

So he was too busy to look at his speedo because he was concentrating on driving.  Isn’t that ironic?  

A fines report was completed yesterday, showing Smith had nearly $8000 owing.

Judge Jan Kelly sentenced Smith to 150 hours’ community work to be served on top of 13.5 hours he had outstanding from another 105-hour sentence.

Once that was completed his $7712 worth of fines would be remitted, she said.

On the charge of driving at a dangerous speed, Smith was disqualified from driving for six months.

Yeah, that’ll do it.   /TUI

And the rest of us have no speeding tolerance because “we” kill.

Does my head in.

These are the people that cause road fatalities through speeding:  idiots.   But good people are being fined for exceeding the speed limit by 1 km/h.


– Stuff

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