Police in New South Wales have fined a driver in a Lamborghini for travelling 70km/h over the legal speed limit on his way to get tested for coronavirus.
The driver, a 35-year-old man, was detected travelling at speeds of 160km/h in a 90km/h zone on a stretch of the M4 motorway in Lidcombe in western Sydney.
When he was stopped, the driver allegedly told police he was on his way to Westmead Hospital to get tested for COVID-19.
Police issued the man with a traffic infringement and suspended his licence, after which he travelled to the hospital for testing before entering mandated self-isolation.
“Drivers shouldn’t break the road rules under any circumstances,” Commander of Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, said.
“Speeding endangers the life of motorists as well as pedestrians. If you think you may have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to seek help from a doctor or hospital, call ahead of time to book an appointment, or visit a NSW Health COVID-19/Flu assessment clinic should you become unwell.”
“If you are experiencing a medical emergency, contact triple 000."
NSW Police is currently carrying out public health order checks at homes and businesses throughout the state to ensure people are complying with mandatory self-isolation measures amid the coronavirus pandemic.
As in most other states bar South Australia and the Northern Territory, NSW Police is also enforcing Federal Government directives to curb the spread of the illness.
A new public health order issued on March 30, 2020, makes it unlawful for NSW residents to leave their homes for any reason outside of 16 approved excuses, or to gather in public with more than one other person.
These restrictions extend to people travelling in cars, with a NSW Police spokesperson telling CarAdvice motorists should be aware there is a possibility they could be stopped by police if seen to be not complying with restrictions.
This could extend to having more than one passenger in your car from outside your immediate household.
Reasonable excuses for being out of your home include travelling to work or home, travelling to childcare or school, obtaining medical care or supplies and obtaining food or household supplies.
Travelling to a car service centre or repair shop is currently considered an essential outing.
For a full list of reasonable excuses according to the NSW Government, head to page 13 of this document.