Speeding mum endangers kids near Theodore

A MOTHER with a lead foot put her four children at risk near Theodore last week.

Taroom police clocked the 29-year-old Toowoomba woman's car at 140 kmh in a 100 kmh zone at Martins Range on the Leichhardt Highway during a two-day operation on August 11-12.

As part of Operation Echo Marque involving officers from Brisbane Drug Squad, Brisbane Dog squad, Gladstone Police District and Roma Police District, police caught an astonishing 40 speedsters over two days, including a truck that the radar locked on at 122kmh.

Officer-in-charge of Taroom police Sergeant Bill Brennan said the high numbers of speedsters was alarming and he had stern words for the woman and the semi-trailer driver.

“Taroom police are disappointed with these two drivers in particular, who obviously had no respect for their own safety and that of other road users,” Sergeant Brennan said.

“If one has to take emergency action to avoid a beast or another animal on the road, the likelihood is that they will not stop in time.”

The two were issued with tickets, but a Cairns man just about took the cake for his blatant disregard of the rules.

The 26-year-old was charged with possession of one gram of cannabis - but his bad day didn't finish there.

He was also charged with disqualified driving, and driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle.

Two other passengers in vehicles allegedly had in their possession drugs and drugs utensils.

A Mackay man, 40, was given drugs counselling after he was found with one gram of methamphetamine.

A Garbutt man, 32, will face court after allegedly having a bong.

He has been charged with possessing a drug utensil.

All will appear in Taroom Magistrates Court.

Police also caught two drivers talking on phones, another two not wearing seat belts and one with a radar detector.

However, there was some good news. Out of 461 breath tests conducted, none returned a positive reading.

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