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80-year-old speedster loses licence

80-year-old speedster loses licence

An elderly man has lost his licence and received a fine after South Australian Police allegedly detected his car travelling more than 80 kilometres over the speed limit.

Highway patrol spotted the driver in his Subaru WRX sedan at Alma, in South Australia’s lower Mid North region, at about 2.45pm on Wednesday.

The 80-year-old man was pulled over after being allegedly clocked at 182 kilometres per hour on a road with a speed limit of 100 kph.

He also lost his licence for six months.

The driver, an Adelaide Plains man, was pulled over by police and handed a $1,814 fine.

“Given the high number of serious and fatal crashes recently in the Barossa and Mid North area, this type of driving is of significant concern,” police said in a statement.

“Highway patrols will continue to have a presence along main arterial roads and highways between rural townships with speed detection, vehicle road-worthiness and drink and drug driving receiving particular attention.”

The latest incident comes after a series of fatal crashes, with police pleading with drivers to take care on the roads and slow down.

Last month, a grandmother and father died while on a road trip to buy a birthday present, when the car they were travelling in hit a tree.

“I implore people to be cautious, drive safely and consider the consequences and implications of your actions when you’re using our roads because there are significant and quite lifelong consequences,” Superintendent Bob Gray said at the time.

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