Colac Highway Patrol Unit Acting Sergeant Jamie Kahle has praised Colac and district drivers and visitors for abiding by the road rules this festive season.
But he said some drivers disregarded the safety message, with Colac police intercepting 15 drivers for speeding on Christmas Day.
Sgt Kahle said a majority of the offences were “well in excess of the speed limit” with police clocking a driver travelling at 25 kilometres an hour above the speed limit on the Princes Highway, east of Colac.
“The number of high-speed drivers, 15 to 25 kilometres plus over the speed limit is disappointing,” he said.
“Given the messages we try and get out over Christmas and Christmas Day in particular, there’s no excuse for those speeds.
“The majority of people were fantastic; planned their breaks and took their time, but there were a few that continued to disregard the warning.”
Sgt Kahle said officers encouraged drivers to continue to take their time when driving to and from destinations, with Operation Roadwise in effect until January 6.
Meanwhile, Colac Highway Patrol’s Leading Senior Constable Martin Howells said officers detected an international student from Melbourne travelling at 122kmh in a 60kmh zone at Skenes Creek at 2.30pm Sunday.
Sen Const Howells said police issued the driver an $806 fine, and a 12-month loss of licence, and police impounded the car the man was driving for 30 days, which was his friend’s vehicle.
In a separate incident, Sen Const Howells said that on Saturday night at 8pm Colac Highway Patrol intercepted an 18-year-old probationary driver driving a white Holden utility on the Princes Highway, Colac West.
He said police located two females allegedly hiding unrestrained in the rear of the utility.
“The driver is expected to have his vehicle impounded and be charged by summons to appear in court at a later date for traffic offences,” he said.
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