Man caught speeding 65 km/h over speed limit to get to work

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A man appeared in the Northam Courthouse on Monday after being caught travelling 69 kilometres over the speed limit on Great Northern Highway, in Bindoon. 

Brett Gregor Davies pleaded guilty to driving a motor vehicle exceeding the speed limit by 45 km/h or more. 

Sergeant Phil Milne told the court Davies was caught by a speed camera at 6.30am going 159 km/h in a 90 km zone towards Perth, in a Ford Focus hatchback.

Lawyer Jack Trainor said the project manager was speeding because he was required for urgent assistance in a work-related matter.

There was little traffic at the time, he said. 

Mr Trainor asked Magistrate Jennifer Hawkins to take into account Davies' early plea of guilty and that this was out of character for the driver, who had held a licence for 12 years with no previous similar offences. 

But Ms Hawkins said there was no excuse for driving at this speed.

“We all know too well the consequences of speeding in the country,” she said.

Davies was fined $1000 and had his licence disqualified for six months.