More Ammo for the speed cameras....
Learner driver caught at 205km/h
July 12, 2004
A TEENAGE learner driver recently clocked at more than 200km/h on Melbourne's Western Ring Road had been disqualified from driving for a year, Victoria's top traffic cop said today.
Her high speed on the ring road was part of a general pattern by motorists since fixed speed cameras were removed in May this year after they were found to be defective, Assistant Commissioner (Traffic) Bob Hastings said.
The learner driver, 18, was at the wheel of a Nissan Skyline with a 16-year-old female friend when she was caught by a Victoria Police mobile radar unit doing 205km/h in a 100km/h zone on the ring road at Sunshine, in Melbourne's west, on July 2.
Mr Hastings told radio 3AW the driver was booked under a recent police speeding blitz on the ring road.
There was no licensed driver in the car, as required under her learner's permit, and the driver was issued with several penalty notices, he said.
"I believe there was one young female passenger inside the car, so it was a cocktail for disaster and not something we ought to be patting ourselves on the back about," Mr Hastings said.
"If you're an L-plate driver, you've got to get experience, but you get the experience in the proper way.
"I'm not sure why that person was driving at that speed and what reason was offered.
"But I mean, you can't justify that speed, particularly when you're an L-plater driver learning and getting experience out on the road, and particularly on the Western Ring Road, which we know has a high volume of traffic all the time."
The driver had been fined $430 and banned from driving for 12 months.
She also could be charged with unlicensed driving or driving outside the conditions of her permit and other offences, Mr Hastings said.
Mr Hastings said police commonly detected speeds "up into the high 150s and early 160s" on the ring road and linked the problem to defective speed cameras on the road.
"I've got no idea (why motorists were driving at high speed), but it's just silly, and what I want to tell people is that if they think they'll get away with those speeds, they're not," he said.
"We will be out there and we'll be out there again until all those cameras are out there operating."