June 01, 2012
The head of the NSW Highway Patrol has pleaded for drivers to slow down near schools after a P-plater was allegedly clocked driving more than twice the speed limit outside a Sydney primary school, moments after classes came out.
The Harrington Park 21-year-old was stopped shortly after 3.30pm on Wednesday.
Police say he was driving his Nissan Pulsar SSS at 101km/h through a 40km/h school zone in Badgerys Creek, in southwest Sydney.
The driver's licence was suspended and he was given a $2,041 speeding fine.
Operations Commander of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Superintendent Stuart Smith, said the driver put young children at risk as classes had finished a short time earlier.
"I only hope that this driver learns a valuable lesson from this event," Supt Smith said in a statement.
"Traffic and Highway Patrol officers will continue to enforce speed and mobile phone use in school zones before and after school to ensure the safety of schoolchildren and their families," he said.