Speedsters caught by the early bird
MANSFIELD Highway Patrol and Air Wing officers teamed up for Operation Early Bird for the second time this snow season which focused on speeding drivers heading to and from Mt Buller last weekend.
They detected 90 speeding drivers with 58 drivers travelling between 15-25kmh over the speed limit.
One of the drivers caught was a learner driver who was travelling at 122kmh while her father sat next to her.
Mansfield’s Highway Patrol Sergeant Marty McLachlan has appealed for people to drive safely on their way to and from the snow fields.
He said a 24-year-old Brighton East man running late to a dog show was clocked at 183kmh in a 100kmh zone on Saturday morning on Mount Buller Road at Merrijig.
On Sunday night, on the same stretch of road, a 30-year-old Merrijig man was caught 73kmh over the speed limit.
Leading Senior Constable Paul Gillard also from Mansfield HWP said: “It’s a great time of year to head to Mount Buller, however, it’s important that members of the public drive to the conditions.
“While it is a tourist destination, it’s also a rural area with animals frequently on the road.
“For a lot of people, their natural instinct when confronted with an animal in their path is to swerve.
“This can be dangerous at the best of times, but when you’re doing 70 or 80 over the speed limit - we’re lucky these actions didn’t result in a fatality.”
Sheriff officers also participated in the operation and executed 110 warrants for a total of $35,000.
A further vehicle was wheel clamped pending the payment of $10,000 in outstanding fines.
Further operations are planned.