A teenage girl who was clocked speeding along the Hume Highway at 170km/h with three friends hanging out of the vehicle's windows is lucky to be facing court instead of attending the funeral of her friends, police say.
The 17-year-old P-plater was pulled over by police in Goulburn on Monday afternoon after alarmed motorists called triple-0 to report the vehicle speeding along the highway, which has a speed limit of 110km/h.
Goulburn Highway Patrol officers allegedly saw the silver Daewoo sedan with ACT registration plates driving south on the highway at 2pm with three teenagers hanging out of the car windows from the waist up. They allegedly clocked the vehicle travelling at of 170km/h.
Officers pulled over the car and spoke to the female driver and her three male passengers, one aged 18, and two aged 16.
The driver was issued with a court attendance notice for driving in a manner dangerous, exceeding the speed limit over 45km/h, being a driver permitting part of a body outside the window, and driving with three unrestrained passengers.
The three passengers also received an infringement notice for being unrestrained passengers, and for having part of their bodies outside the window.
The incident comes after one of the darkest weeks on NSW roads, with 13 people dying in crashes in less than a week.
Detective Superintendent Stuart Smith, the Traffic and Highway Patrol commander, said some irresponsible drivers were still not getting the message.
“This young driver will pay a heavy price for her actions. She is lucky that it's an appearance before a magistrate, and not at a funeral for one of her passengers," he said.
“Each and every time you get behind the wheel of a car you are responsible for the manner in which the vehicle is driven, and the behaviour of your passengers.
“It should go without saying that people hanging out the windows of a car is an extremely dangerous act that will not be tolerated, especially when the vehicle is travelling well beyond the speed limit on a busy highway."
The 17-year-old driver will appear in Goulburn Local Court on September 26.