’Terrifying’ road behaviour caught during Operation Nexus


A man who was allegedly drunk and speeding with children in the car was one of 216 driving offences detected in Melton and Moorabool as a part of an operation targeting road safety over the Easter long weekend.

Speeding was the most common offence detected during Operation Nexus, with 90 offenders caught in Moorabool and 41 in Melton.

There were multiple high-range offences, including one on Friday night where a man was caught allegedly travelling 61km/h over the speed limit, while drunk and with an overloaded car in Pentland Hills. Four of the five passengers were children and the 40-year-old male driver held a suspended driver’s licence.

His vehicle was immediately impounded and he is expected to be charged on summons with traffic offences.

On Saturday evening, police allegedly clocked a white Mercedes ute driving at 175km/h in a 100km zone on the Western Freeway in Deanside.

The 27-year-old Deanside man had his car impounded for 30 days at a cost of $932.40.

There was also one fatality on Melton and Moorabool roads, with a 59-year-old Glen Waverley man dying after crashing his motorcycle on Friday afternoon.

The exact circumstances surrounding the crash are yet to be determined.

Statewide, more than 8000 traffic offences were detected during Operation Nexus.

Road Policing assistant commissioner Glenn Weir said seeing people combining alcohol and speed is “terrifying”.

“We saw two separate occasions of people overloading their cars, with children, then driving impaired,” he said.

“This is complete idiocy and it’s lucky none of those children were killed or injured.”