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P-Plate drivers not getting the message

AT 1.45PM on Saturday police intercepted a 20-year-old probationary driver from Leongatha driving at 123 km/h on the South Gippsland Highway at Agnes. He was fined $289 and three demerit points.

Then on 10.40pm on Saturday night police intercepted a 21-year-old probationary driver from Fish Creek driving at 161 km/h on the Meeniyan-Promontory Road at Buffalo. Adding to the danger, according to the police, it was raining at the time, the road was wet and the driver had two passengers on board. As a result, the driver will be summonsed to face court for a range of speeding offences. He can expect to lose his licence and pay a hefty fine. In addition, his car was seized for 30 days and he will have to pay $1181 to get it back.

“These are examples of P-plate drivers who think getting their licence is their right, when in fact it is a privilege,” said Foster police sergeant Neil Coates. “Too many P-plate drivers just don’t get the message and that is why the fatality rate is so high among young drivers.”


FOSTER police attended a two-vehicle collision at the corner of the South Gippsland Highway and the turn-off to the Meeniyan-Promontory Road just outside Meeniyan at 11.30 last Thursday morning.

A 28-year-old Buffalo man in a sedan had been turning right out of the Meeniyan-Promontory Road but failed to see a B-double cattle truck (fortunately carrying no cattle) heading along the highway towards Meeniyan. The vehicles collided head-on, resulting in major damage to the sedan, while the truck careered into a culvert and then a tree. Remarkably, no-one was injured. The road was closed and traffic diverted for three and a half hours while heavy haulage removed the truck.

The driver of the sedan will be issued with a penalty notice for failing to give way.


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