Speed­sters caught by the early bird

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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.

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