Suspended L-plater’s 143km/hr on Newcastle Link Road

A WOMAN with a suspended learner’s licence has become one of the latest cautionary tales as police continue their Easter long weekend crackdown.

The 19-year-old will face court after allegedly driving at 143km/hr on Newcastle Link Road about 11.55pm Sunday night.

Police took her number plates and charged her with numerous driving offences. 

She will face court on Thursday. 

She was the second learner caught in NSW that day, with a North Coast man hitting 142km/hr without L-plates on the Pacific Highway at Valla about 9.45am the same day. 

But the lesson failed to get through to some, with another driver caught doing 139km/hr along the 90km/hr Newcastle Inner City Bypass at 11.10am on Monday. 

The 29-year-old man from Belmont lost his licence on the spot. 

Traffic & Highway Patrol Command’s Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said people needed to slow down as the Easter weekend concluded. 

“Police continue to be out in force today – spending their day away from their own family and friends – in order to keep people safe on the roads,” he said. 

“As people return from their long-weekend holidays; the last thing we want is to see is a tragic scene where someone has lost their life or killed another, simply because they are rushing.

Operation Tortoise, the Easter traffic operation, ends at midnight on Easter Monday. 

By Monday morning it had resulted in police issuing 6077 speeding tickets, 191,224 breath tests and 199 drink-driving charges. During the same period there were 274 major crashes and three fatalities. 

One of those fatalities, on Clarence Town Road, claimed the life of a 27-year-old man on Thursday.