Motorcyclist caught doing 117 in a 50 zone

A DRUNKEN motorcyclist was caught speeding at 117 km/h in a 50 zone on the Orara Way at Glenreagh on Sunday in what was an otherwise quiet long weekend on local roads.

Police stopped the bike rider at about 1pm on Sunday after clocking the rider going at more than double the speed limit on a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

He was was stopped and subjected to a positive breath test before being returned to Coffs Harbour Police Station where a breath analysis returned a reading of 0.155.
 
His licence was immediately suspended, and the man was charged with high-range drink driving and driving more than 45km/h over the speed limit.

In other parts of the state the road toll has risen to five following a crash at Austral yesterday.

Two people died after they left the road and burst into flames on Bringelly Road and then crashed into a tree.
 
A 29-year-old male rider died after he collided with a traffic control light on the Inner City Bypass in Sydney.

A male driver of a vehicle died after he reversed out of his driveway onto a section of the Newell Highway, and into the path of an oncoming heavy vehicle.
 
And a 10-year-old boy riding a scooter on the edge of Gloucester Road at Wingham was struck by a Mitsubishi Magna and later died in hospital.
 
There have been a total of 402 reported major crashes so far, with a total of 115 persons injured.

This is 116 less serious injury crashes than last year at the same time in the operation.
 
A total number of 3520 speed-related offences have so far been detected by police.

Traffic Services Commander, Chief Superintendent John Hartley said it was pleasing to see figures for serious crashes trending downwards compared to Operation Stay Alert 2007.

"Despite a terrible 24 hours on NSW Roads, there were still over hundred fewer serious crashes on our roads, compared to the same day of the operation last year," he said.


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