With one of the worst starts to the road toll in many years with 60 lives lost in 2019, a man has been caught driving at 114km/h with his feet on the dashboard. Last year 44 lives were lost on Victoria’s roads.
State Highway Patrol members have been deployed across the state for the long weekend in the fight against road trauma as part of Operation Arid as several drivers have been caught breaking the law throughout north-east Victoria this long weekend.
These are just a few examples of the reckless behaviour being observed by police over the long weekend.
These intercepts form part of Operation Arid which will run from 12.01am on Friday 8 March until 11.59pm Monday 11 March 2019.
About 6.20pm on Friday 8 March police responded to a report of a man driving with his feet up on the dash of his car in Longwood East.
The car was located on Glenrowan-Myrtleford Road in Laceby about 7.30pm allegedly travelling at 114km/h in a 100km/h zone.
The man admitting he did it to take a photo and was issued a $242 fine for failing to have proper control and $322 for speeding.
At 2pm on Friday 8 March an unmarked police vehicle was overtaken on the Melba Highway in Woodfield by a motorcycle travelling at 165km/h in a 100km/h zone.
Police intercepted the 56-year-old Footscray man, he had his motorcycle impounded and will be charged on summons for speeding.
At 3.30pm on 9 March police detected a car speeding in Wangaratta East, the vehicle was intercepted on Hume Freeway in Springhurst.
It is alleged the vehicle was travelling at 200km/h in a 100km/h zone with four children aged 3-year-old to 10-years-old in the car.
The 32-year-old NSW man was found to be unlicensed and returned an evidentiary breath test reading of 0.091. His vehicle was impounded and he was charged with reckless conduct endangering life, speeding and drink driving related offences.
Operation Arid runs from 12.01am on Friday 8 March until 11.59pm Monday 11 March 2019.