WHISPERS: Gossip, funny stories and embarrassing moments from around Toowoomba and beyond.
WHISPERS: Gossip, funny stories and embarrassing moments from around Toowoomba and beyond.

‘But officer, I was only a little over the speed limit’

DRIVER’S speeding case was heard before Toowoomba Magistrates Court this week after he was caught well above the speed limit on the Gore Highway at Southbrook.

The police prosecutor reading the case facts said the driver, a 50-something man from New South Wales, had been clocked by police doing 145kmh in the 100kmh zone.

He told police he had been coming to the end of the overtaking lane and wanted to get past the other vehicle before running out of room.

When told he was doing 145kmh, the man replied: “Really, I thought it was just 140,” the police prosecutor told the court.

Though the magistrate ordered no conviction, the chap can look forward to receiving a $1245 fine (to be paid in Queensland currency) and he will also get a notice disqualifying him from driving for six months and the loss of a handful of points.

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY?

WHILE on matters Toowoomba court, the magistrate, legal fraternity and those in the public gallery were left looking skyward one morning this week when the obvious heavy boots of a tradie was heard walking across the roof of Courtroom 3.

“Sounds like one has sneaked out of the watch house,” one wag in the public gallery quipped.

BUZZFEED

PEOPLE in the Far North were left thinking Toowoomba people must be a little behind after a group of Toowoombaites visited a Karumba hotel this week.

The Toowoomba road crew are in the north doing a number of road projects and had been in the Gulf where they stayed at the Karumba pub.

Having ordered a counter dinner, the bar attended handed our man a buzzer (to alert him when his meal was ready) only for the Toowoombaite to explain: “No mate, I’ll pay cash.”

The bar attended again thrust forward the buzzer, only to get the same response: “No, I said I’d pay cash”.

It was at that point that a colleague explained to him that the device was not eftpos but his dinner buzzer.

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

ANOTHER member of the same crew who has a habit for misspeaking left a mate in Toowoomba a little confused when he rang him this week.

“I’m in Mornington,” the road crew worker explained.

“What?” the Toowoomba chap replied, “Mornington Island?”

“No, Mornington,” his mate repeated.

Turns out he was actually in Normanton in the Gulf.

Originally published as ‘But officer, I was only a little over the speed limit’