Gold Coast motorcyclist busted doing 178km in 80km zone

Police have released vision showing the moment a motorcyclist was caught going 178km/h in an 80km/h zone in the Gold Coast Hinterland.

The rider, who was pulled over on Beechmont Road at Lower Beechmont on March 6, is among a number of motorcyclists who have been nabbed speeding on Queensland roads in recent weeks.

A Harley Davidson rider was also intercepted on the Capricorn Highway near Emerald on March 13 travelling at 142km/h in 100km/h zone.


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While a third rider was busted doing 109km/h in a 50km/h zone on Sir Samuel Griffith Drive at Mount Coottha.

In a fourth incident, which has left police scratching their heads, a 45-year-old man was intercepted along Fernvale Road at Brassal after officers spotted him riding his motorcycle while wearing a bicycle helmet.

Police allege the man’s bike also didn’t have a number plate and that he provided a BAC of 0.193, almost four-times the legal breath alcohol limit. An 18-year-old man was also a pillion passenger of the motorcycle.

The rider was charged with driving under the influence, unlicensed driving and driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle.

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The incidents have prompted police to today issue a statewide road safety alert to all riders, following a shocking rising trend of fatalities on Queensland roads.

Road Policing Assistant Commissioner Ben Marcus said sadly, 21 motorcyclists have died on roads across the state this year.

“Twenty-one motorcyclists lost in 10 weeks is of extreme concern and we need all riders, particularly those who are inexperienced, to take note and be extra careful on our roads,” Assistant Commissioner Marcus said.

“As an avid motorcyclist myself, I know how vulnerable we are as road users and I have seen firsthand how devastating the consequences can be when crashes occur.”

Assistant Commissioner Marcus said a preliminary assessment of fatal motorcycle crashes this year indicated the rider was at fault in at least 70 per cent of cases.

“Rider safety is everyone’s responsibility, but it starts with you as a rider,” he said.

“Your behaviour on the road has direct consequences on your life and those around you.

“With a significant increase in motorcycle registrations in the past 12 months, there are a lot of inexperienced riders on our roads but we have also seen extremely dangerous behaviour across all rider types.”