Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Elderly hoon admits to speeding in his Porsche but says he will fight the reckless driving charge

An 88-year-old man whose sports car was seized in Australia under hoon laws after allegedly travelling more than 50km/h over the limit says he shouldn’t have been charged.

Hamilton Hill man Christian Tittel was charged with reckless driving after police caught him allegedly travelling at 122km/h in a 70km/h speed zone by a speed camera on February 28. The former rally car driver was issued a surrender notice for his yellow Porsche Carrera 911 and a summons for reckless driving on Sunday.

Mr Tittel said his actions were “justified” because he was a driving veteran with a good record. “You don’t look at the speedometer when you’re driving a sports car, you look at the road,” he said. “I’ve been driving now for 70 years, since 1949 on three continents, without ever having an accident or a fine.”

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Mr Tittel added that police should target young men instead who were often to blame for fatal crashes or road rage. The grandfather said he probably was going about 120km/h but would plead ‘not guilty’ to reckless driving. “The speed, 120km on a straight open road, that’s nothing,” he said. “On this road in Europe or America I would probably go 180km.” Cars can be impounded for 28 days under hoon offences in Western Australia if a driver is caught exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h.

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