Speed zone confuses driver

A MAN who claimed the Moore Park Road speed limits are set “just to confuse the crap out of people” fought a speeding fine in court yesterday.

Gregory Neil Bahnsen was accused of driving at 101kmh in an 80kmh zone on June 30, 2009, on Moore Park Road near Goorburrum.

Bundaberg Police Sergeant Paul Sullivan said he was on speed-detection duty on the day when he saw a Volkswagen van that appeared to be speeding about 4.30pm.

When it entered his radar zone, he found it was doing 100kmh and increased to 101kmh.

Bahnsen represented himself in Bundaberg Magistrates Court and alleged three other cars had been in the radar zone at the time of the offence. He said he was positive he was doing the speed limit.

In an evidence recording of Sgt Sullivan and Bahnsen’s exchange from the incident, the defendant is heard saying the speed limits went from “80 to 100, 80 to 100. I assume that’s just to confuse the crap out of all the drivers out there.”

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens handed up evidence including radar tests done at the start and end of Sgt Sullivan’s shift.

Bahnsen accused the sergeant of not using the radar correctly.

“Sgt Sullivan is probably the most experienced operator of this equipment in Queensland,” Sgt Stevens said.

Bahnsen’s traffic history was also handed up, which showed he had lost 24 demerit points in eight years.

“I know I didn’t have a flash record leading up to this, but I was not speeding. I was doing 80 in the 80 zone,” he said.

Magistrate Zac Sarra found Bahnsen guilty, saying the evidence, including the test sheets of the radar equipment and Sgt Sullivan’s experience, were deciding factors.

“At the end of the day, police are empowered to enforce the law and part of that is the speed signs from one end of the country to the other,” Mr Sarra said.

Bahnsen was fined $200 and ordered to pay $77 costs.

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