Thursday, May 27, 2010

Off-duty cop caught doing 163km/h in a 110km/h zone on motorbike

UPDATE 11.35am: AN off-duty cop caught hooning at speeds exceeding 160km/h undermines the force's road safety message, Deputy Commissioner Ken Lay admitted this morning.

The 46-year-old Benalla man was nabbed travelling at 163km/h in a 110km/h zone on the Hume Fwy, Euroa yesterday afternoon.

But he did not have his motorbike impounded - despite tough anti-hoon laws which say that anyone nabbed doing more than 145km/h on a highway should have their vehicle seized.

Mr Lay is investigating why the off-duty cop was not forced to surrender his bike on the spot.

“It may well be he has been served with a paper to surrender the bike in due course, which is a normal process in certain situations,” he said.

He also pointed out the offence took place in country Victoria and it can be difficult to track down a tow truck in these regions.

He expressed his disappointment at the offence.

“It’s very disappointing that we’ve had a rider making these sorts of decisions.”

The matter is now before the courts.

“That person, if found guilty, will be held accountable for his actions.“

It’s a matter that’s close to home for the Deputy Commissioner.

The Herald Sun revealed that Mr Lay was caught doing 10km/h over the 70km/h limit by a covert speed camera as he drove through Tooborac on the Northern Highway last year.

Mr Lay's comments comments come after one of Victoria's most senior police officers accused the State Government of using speed cameras to raise revenue.

Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius claimed the Government tried to pressure him into fining motorists even though they were caught by faulty speed cameras.

- by Anthony Dowsley, Lucie van den Berg

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