Police bust speeding truck drivers

Victoria Police catches 11 speeding truckies over two days and says it’s staggered by number of drivers using mobile phones

February 25, 2011

Eleven heavy vehicle drivers were caught speeding on the Geelong Ring Road over the last two days.

They were amongst 72 drivers caught by Victoria Police as part of Operation Hawk aimed at curtailing excessive speed. The majority of them face $239 in fines and the loss of three demerit points.

Four of the drivers were doing 40km over the 100km speed limit and are expected to lose their licence for six months.

Geelong Highway Patrol Leading Senior Constable Graeme Arnold says he was staggered at the number of heavy vehicle drivers caught using mobile phones.

"All drivers need to understand that driver’s inattention is a major cause of collisions on our roads and in particular mobile phone use," Arnold says.

"We make no apology for pulling over drivers doing the wrong thing and putting lives at risk from this behaviour," he adds.

Operation Hawk is one of many traffic operations planned throughout the year.

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