PORT officers nab learner driver

Public Order Response Team officers were in the right place at the right time to intercept a learner driver who had been seen driving erratically and at excessive speeds on the Westgate Freeway on Saturday night.

The 22-year-old Richmond man had been observed allegedly travelling at 130km/h and weaving in and out of traffic as he travelled towards the city on the freeway where speed limits vary between 40kms to 80kms due to road works.

The learner driver exited the freeway onto the Montague Street exit where he was greeted by PORT officers just after 11pm.

He was issued three penalty infringements notices which incurred nearly $1600 in fines and a six-month loss of licence.

This intercept forms part of Operation Saturn, a two-and-a-half-week state-wide road policing operation.

The operation commenced on Thursday, 22 October and aims to prevent further trauma on our roads caused by dangerous driving in both metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. It focuses on increased traffic on rural roads, drink and drug driving, seatbelt compliance and driving slowly.

Operation Saturn will run from 12.01am on Thursday 22 October to 11.59pm on Sunday 8 November 2020.

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