HOON drivers hitting dangerously high speeds across Griffith have been warned to slow down after a firey near-fatal smash at Narrandera recently.
Griffith Highway Patrol officers have nabbed four drivers speeding at least 40km/h above the limit over the past two weeks – including a hoon tearing along Wakaden Street at 106km/h.
Then on Saturday, police clocked a truck driver doing 73km/h over the speed limit at Beelbangera.
The 23-year-old driver will face Griffith Local Court after he was caught tearing along Rankins Springs Road at 123km/h at about 11.30pm.
It comes after two men made a lucky escape from a serious crash on Thursday, August 1, when their gold V8 Commodore HSV ute crashed into a tree outside St Joseph’s Primary School on Larmer Street, Narrandera – less than one hour before the end of school.
The men had been attending a wake at a hotel and when they left the venue, the driver allegedly did a burn out, lost control and crashed into a tree.
The car burst into flames on impact and friends who pulled the men from the burning vehicle have been credited with saving their lives.
Griffith Highway Patrol Sergeant Steve Pidgeon said that incident, as well as the number of people caught speeding locally, was concerning.
“It’s mainly the speeding we’re detecting and it all comes back to attitude – people are just not taking their responsibilities seriously,” Sergeant Pidgeon said.
“The accident in Narrandera shows how easily things can go wrong – that could so easily have been a multi-fatality incident.”
One P-plate driver was caught doing 125km/h on the Kidman Way at Hanwood last Wednesday night, while a P1 driver was nabbed at 154kmh at Barellan last Saturday evening.
Sergeant Pidgeon said people caught driving in excess of 30km/h over the sign posted speed limit were liable to have their licences suspended immediately.
Police also have the power to seize registration plates so the vehicle cannot not be driven.