What an idiot...

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser

Police have condemned the actions of a driver captured on social media allegedly speeding at close to 160km/h on a highway in Albany, believing it will only be a matter of time before he dies in a car crash.

The Instagram user posted a video on Sunday of a car travelling at about 50km/h over the speed limit with the caption of the video “Albany 160 speed”.

The man comments on the video “love the speed” but the video of the speedometer is out of focus.

Last year a 25-year-old Perth man was charged by police after they viewed a video on his Instagram account of him speeding at 180km/h on Albany Highway.

Perth traffic police charged Hong Kong national Kai Fung Wicky Lui with reckless driving after the Albany Advertiser shared a video posted on Instagram with Albany police.

Lui was fined $1200 and had his licence disqualified for eight months after pleading guilty to one count of exceeding the speed limit by 45km/h or more.

Great Southern police district Superintendent Dominic Wood said it was unlikely the man could be charged by police, despite labelling the speeding “Russian roulette” after being shown the footage by the Advertiser.

“It is difficult to clearly make out the speed and there is no way of knowing where this incident has in fact taken place,” Supt Wood said.

“It does not concern me greatly what penalty this driver will get if and when caught, or that he may lose his car.

“What concerns me greatly ... is him losing his life, or killing others.” Supt Wood said excessive speed increased the likelihood of a death combined with a potential hazard.

“For instance, a vehicle emerging from a side road or farm track, an animal running out in front of the car, a broken down vehicle or temporary obstruction partially blocking the road, or not being familiar with a more severe bend than first thought,” Supt Wood said.

“Travelling at speeds that are being suggested in this video is like playing Russian roulette.

“Eventually one of these hazards will occur to this driver,and at this type of speed the driver will end up losing control, rolling and/or hitting a tree and dying instantly — not to mention the high risk of killing another innocent motorist on the road.”

The Great Southern’s road toll stood at 32 last year, with two deaths recorded this year.

There have been 22 drivers charged with reckless driving in Albany, Mt Barker and Cranbrook in the past seven months.

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