Speedster’s thinking ‘beggars belief’

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Enforced holiday: The Maserati is hauled aboard the tow truck. BELOW: The speed reading. Pictures: Supplied

A MASERATI was nabbed on mobile radar travelling at 189kph in a 100kph zone along Mornington-Flinders Road, Flinders, Saturday 31 August.

Asked by Somerville Highway Patrol police why he was speeding, the 29-year-old, of South Yarra, said he was running late to visit his sister.

Like all drivers intercepted for any reason he was drug-and-alcohol tested with both tests proving negative.

“Some people seem to think they can drive at these crazy speeds because they have a good car and they think they’re good drivers,” Acting Sergeant Anthony Deason said.

“How someone can think 189kph on Mornington-Flinders Road is OK beggars belief.

“The undivided two-way road has undulations, bends, rough surfaces, gravel shoulders, cars possibly coming out of side roads and property driveways and tourists – I mean, hello … what could possibly go wrong?

“If you want to do speeds like that move to Germany and drive on the autobahns where it’s legal and the roads are purpose built for it. Doing those speeds here is just stupidity.”

Acting Sergeant Deason said 13 people had died in collisions in the Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula areas this year “including one just around the corner from here in Boneo Road a few weeks ago”.

“We’d prefer not to attend any more.”

The driver’s sister turned out to be the owner of the Maserati. “We think given the choice of her brother driving safely and running a bit late versus him driving like a lunatic and having her car impounded for 30 days with a $1390 release fee, she would have chosen the first option,” Acting Sergeant Deason said.

The man will be summonsed to appear in court at a later date over several road policing offences. He faces a minimum 12 months’ loss of licence as well as extra fines.

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 10 September 2019

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