P-plate rider fined over West Dapto Road folly

A motorcyclist on red P-plates has been fined more than $2200 after he was caught doing more than twice the speed limit along West Dapto Road.

Highway Patrol police officers were doing speed checks on the rural road at Wongawilli just before 3pm on Tuesday when they detected a Kawasaki motorcycle travelling at 164km/h in an 80km/h zone.

The 20-year-old male rider was fined for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h and ordered to pay over $2200, police said.

The man’s licence was taken on the spot for six months, and his number plates were seized and confiscated for three months.

Southern Region traffic tactician, Inspector Gregory Lynch, said the incident was concerning and urged motorcyclists and drivers in rural areas to ride to the conditions.

‘‘The inexperienced provisional rider in the incident is lucky to be alive, as travelling at more than double the speed limit is a recipe for disaster,’’ he said.

‘‘Motorcycle riders travelling in semi-rural and rural areas, where the roads can be more open with sweeping bends and less traffic, are still restricted by the applicable speed limits.’’