Go Speed Racer, go!
An 18-year-old driver in Australia is in big trouble after being clocked doing 193 kph (that’s about 120 mph) using a classic Toyota HiLux on the afternoon of April 7. Even worse, the driver received his provisional license or P-plate a few hours before getting pulled over. We bet that was a fun conversation.
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According to police, the driver left Sydney and was pulled over by some NSW Police Highway Patrol officers who were going to Griffith for a traffic enforcement campaign. They were about 50 km away from Griffith when they found the fast and furious HiLux driver and got in some of that traffic enforcement a bit earlier than they probably expected.
A teenage sibling was in the truck with the 18-year-old driver. We’re sure neither was complaining about seeing what the old Toyota could do out on the open road. Police issued a penalty notice for going over 45 kmh beyond the speed limit and not displaying P-plates properly. Also, the kid’s driver’s license was suspended for at least 6 months.
Even more importantly, we just learned that an old Toyota HiLux can go 120 mph, which is simply amazing. That just adds to the list of reasons why the pickups are beloved by people around the world, including Middle Eastern terrorists. Wait until they all realize just how fast these things can get going.
In Australia, a P-plate is a designation given to anyone with a provisional driver’s license. A large sticker with a “P” on it clearly indicates this for authorities. Basically, you’re on probation when your first earn your license, so you have to keep your nose clean or your driving privileges can be suspended. In other words, speeding big time after you earn this is a really, really bad idea.