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Unsettling discovery in ute caught speeding on Queensland highway

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Police call for driver safety on Queensland roads after child caught unrestrained in speeding ute.

Police have made an unsettling discovery after pulling over a speeding Queensland driver on a busy motorway.

A black two-seater ute was pulled over on the Ipswich Motorway near Wacol on February 28 when a highway officer clocked the driver speeding at 116km/h.

When the officer asked the woman behind the wheel to step out of the vehicle so he could inspect it, he discovered a young child crouched down behind the passenger's seat.

Ipswich motorway ute pullover with seven-year-old inside

"Who's that behind the seat?" the officer is heard asking the woman on bodycam footage.

As she retracts the driver's seat, a seven-year-old girl emerges from behind it.

"You know she can't be in there don't you?" the officer asks the woman.

The officer told the woman she would have to arrange for another car to come and collect the girl.

"The two adults in the vehicle had seatbelts on and they elected to have the small child not wear a seatbelt," Queensland police Acting Superintendent Ray Rohweder said.

The vehicle stop came as police pleaded with drivers to slow down, after 50 Queensland road deaths so far in 2021 — 18 more than this time last year.

Ipswich motorway ute pullover with seven-year-old inside

Road data reveals south-east Queensland's worst areas for speeding and running red lights over a 12-month period:

Broadbeach Waters, with more than 28,000 drivers pinged.

Mount Gravatt, where nearly 19,500 infringements were handed out.

Loganholme saw 16,000 issued on the Pacific Highway.

The Bruce Highway at Burpengary East had a whopping 15,161 motorists breaking the law.

Kangaroo Point's Main Street saw 15,000 pulled over despite several warning signs in the area

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"When you are doing four-to-five years in jail at Wacol for killing someone, I don't know that it's that much fun," Superintendent Rohweder said.

Source: 9News

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