Far North police are urging motorists to obey roadwork conditions after a spate of speeding offences were detected in a targeted operation in the Tablelands.

More than 70 motorists were intercepted in the four-day crackdown.

71 were caught speeding, including an 18-year-old Atherton man who police allege was travelling at 121km/hr in an 80km/hr zone.


He received a $1,286 fine, as well as a penalty of eight demerit points and a six month suspension.

Three motorists were also found overtaking when it was unsafe to do so.

Acting Inspector Allison Williams said the operation mainly focused on sections of the Kennedy Highway and the Gillies Highway.

“There were offenders detected at all times of the day and night which is quite disappointing,” she said.


“This reckless behaviour puts lives at risk … not just the driver but other road users, pedestrians and the road workers.

“We all have a responsibility, every time we get behind the wheel, to make the decision to drive safely.”


Assistant Commissioner Brett Schafferius said travelling at great speed through roadwork areas is a dangerous hazard, particularly to roadside workers.

“We are encountering motorists travelling up to 60km/h over the speed limit in areas that are clearly signed with speed reductions – this is incredibly alarming,” Assistant Commissioner Schafferius said.

“We will continue to crack down on risk taking behaviour through marked roadwork zones so if you are speeding through these areas, expect to see police anywhere, anytime.”

“We have lost far too many lives on our roads this year to be driving dangerously, speeding and ignoring road signs.”

194 lives have been lost on Queensland roads so far this year – 21 more than last year.

This year’s toll includes 13 deaths in the Far North region.


Main points

  • More than 70 offending motorists were intercepted in the four-day crackdown
  • Police are urging motorists to obey roadwork signs at all times 
  • 13 lives have been lost on Far North roads this year
Behaviour like this is exceptionally unsafe.
Allision Williams
Acting Inspector