A Porsche and two motorbikes have been confiscated and the drivers charged over an alleged high-speed road race at Tyagarah.

About 10.40am today (Saturday 20 December 2008), officers attached to the Traffic Support Group were performing stationary lidar duties on the Pacific Highway when they detected a white Porsche allegedly travelling at 192km/h in a 100km/h zone.

It will be alleged that police then saw two motorcycles overtake the Porsche, and the three vehicles then accelerated and engaged in a road race in the southbound lanes of the Pacific Highway.

During the race, the Porsche and two motorcycles overtook three other vehicles which were travelling on the highway.

Police will allege the road-racers reached speeds of up to 224km/h in a 100km/h zone during the incident.

The vehicles were stopped near the Byron Bay exit of the Pacific Highway, and the Porsche driver, a 31-year-old man, and the two motorcycle riders, a 25-year-old male and a 28-year-old male, were arrested.

They were taken to Byron Bay Police Station and charged with driving at a speed dangerous to the public, street racing, and exceeding the speed limit over 45km/h.

They will appear in Byron Bay Court on 23 January 2009.

The three males also had their licences suspended and vehicles confiscated.

Senior Sergeant David Chandler from the Traffic Support Group says the alleged driving behaviour was both stupid and irresponsible.

“These males were not only endangering their own lives by travelling at high speed and road racing, they were also putting the lives of other innocent road-users in jeopardy,” Senior Sergeant Chandler said.

“Police are out and about patrolling roads across the State during the festive season as part of Operation Safe Arrival.

“This incident serves to highlight the fact that if you act irresponsibly and break the law, you will be caught.”

Operation Safe Arrival commenced at midnight Thursday with double demerit points in effect from midnight next Tuesday (23 December) and concluding at 23.59hrs on Sunday (4 January 2009) for all speeding and seatbelt offences.