Easter idiots

Police have been left shocked by the number of people caught driving dangerously across Victoria barely 24 hours into the Easter long weekend.

Westgate Highway Patrol members were stunned when they pulled over a car in Altona and found a 15-year-old boy behind the wheel about 7.30pm yesterday.

The Hoppers Crossing teen was breathalysed and allegedly returned a reading of .104.

Police impounded the vehicle and he is expected to be charged on summons with drink driving, unlicensed driving and other traffic offences.

A Dandenong man will be left walking to Easter celebrations after he was allegedly caught driving at 140km/h in an 80km/h zone along the Monash Freeway in Glen Iris about 6.50am today.

When asked why he was in such a hurry, he advised he was running late to drop his wife at work.

Prahran Highway Patrol impounded the 31-year-old’s Mazda SUV and he is expected to be charged on summons with traffic offences.

State Highway Patrol South East members also had a busy Good Friday, picking up an alleged drink driver with more than three times the legal limit in his system in Cobram.

The 34-year-old man caught the attention of police when he was clocked doing 140km/h in a 100km/h zone on the Murray Valley Highway about 4pm.

He underwent a breath-test and allegedly returned a reading of .157.

The Katamatite man also returned a positive result to methamphetamines and cannabis.

His licence was immediately suspended, his car was impounded for 30 days and he can expect to receive a summons in the mail to attend court on traffic offences.

Westgate Highway Patrol picked up several other dangerous road users overnight including:

– a 15-year-old caught driving without a licence in Tarneit

– a driver refused a breath test after driving through a red light at 107km/h in a 70 zone in Tarneit

– an illegally modified motorised mountain bike was impounded in Hoppers Crossing, with the rider expected to be charged with evade police, unlicensed driving and unregistered vehicle

– an overloaded car impounded in Hoppers Crossing, with the backseat containing four children aged between 2 to 12-years-old

– stolen car recovered and three arrested in Hoppers Crossing

The impounds form part of Operation Nexus, a five-day focus on keeping our community safe on the roads during the Easter long weekend.

The state-wide operation aims to reduce road trauma, including the number of lives lost and injuries on our roads.

During this time motorists can expect to be breath tested and drug tested, have their vehicles scanned and be checked for speeding.

The operation involves all available personnel including local road policing units, general duties, other operational policing units and centralised resources from Road Policing Command.

The operation started at 12.01am on Thursday 1 April and concludes at 11.59pm on Monday 5 April.

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