Car clocked at 135km/h on Appin Rd

An East Corrimal man caught speeding more than 30km/h over the limit on Appin Road in April has been slammed by a Port Kembla magistrate.

"Appin Road is by far one of the worst roads in the country," the magistrate, Michael Stoddart, told Nathan John Harris during sentencing at Port Kembla Local Court on Tuesday.

"You drive along there and you see trees with flowers, there have been a lot of deaths on that road ... and here you are doing 135[km/h].

"If something happens at 135[km/h] you can easily run off the road and hit a tree like other people have done. It's inexcusable, you just need to slow down."

Solicitor Paul Kenny told the court the 42-year-old had initially sped up to overtake a truck but was forced to accelerate when a car pulled out behind him. The car was an unmarked police car and clocked Harris at 135km/h.

The court heard Harris drove trucks for a living and had a reasonable driving record, despite several speeding offences.

Mr Kenny said Harris needed his licence because his wife was due to give birth to their first child in coming weeks.

However, the magistrate said the act was serious enough to warrant a disqualification. Harris was fined $500 and disqualified from driving for three months.

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