Bulla bound speedsters

Police from Mansfield Highway Patrol were left shaking their heads as five separate motorists lost their licences on their way to or from Mount Bulla today.

Officers intercepted a BMW travelling on Mount Buller Road, Merrijig about 9.40am after it was detected travelling at 129km/h.

The male driver, a 19-year old Sandhurst man, received an on the spot fine for speeding and will lose his licence for three months.

Just over 10 minutes later police detected a Jeep travelling at 143km/h on the same stretch of road.

The 24-year-old Heidelberg West man at the wheel received an on the spot fine for speeding and will lose his licence for six months.

At 11.50am police detected a Volkswagen travelling at 136km/h, also in Merrijig but this time heading towards Melbourne.

A 27-year-old woman from Collingwood was fined on the spot for speeding and will lose her licence for six months.

About 12.20pm a Mount Bulla bound Hyundai was detected travelling at 134km/h.

The male driver, a Hong Kong national driving on an international licence, was fined on the spot and is now unable to drive in Victoria for three months.

After a change of location, Highway Patrol officers detected a Toyota ute travelling at 144km/h, this time on the Midland Highway, Barjarg heading towards Mansfield.

A 52-year-old Merrijig man was fined on the spot and will lose his licence for six months.

All of the above drivers were overtaking at the time they were detected speeding and assumed it was acceptable to speed when passing another vehicle.

About 20 minutes later a Silver ford station wagon with two people on board was detected on the same stretch of road travelling at 122km/h.

An attempt was made intercept the vehicle however it accelerated rapidly and sped off.

Police did not pursue.

Highway Patrol officers are appealing for anyone who may have seen the vehicle travelling south on the Midland Highway, or who can identify its occupants, to Contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

With the coming snow season, and an expected influx of tourists in the area, Mansfield Highway Patrol officers are urging all motorists to obey speed limits, drive to the conditions on the day and respect all other road users.

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