By Mitchell Clarke
Despite two recent fatalities on the notorious Kooweerup Road in Pakenham South, it appears drivers are still not getting the very loud and clear message from police.
According to Victoria Police, “the madness on Kooweerup Road continues” and motorists are still not driving to the posted speed limit and conditions of the road, and as a result, are putting the lives of many other road users at risk.
A P-plater was the most recent catch for local police, who detected the inexperienced driver allegedly travelling at 131km/h in the 100km/h zone of Kooweerup-Longwarry Road on Sunday afternoon, 21 February.
To make the matter worse, the male driver allegedly recorded a blood alcohol level of 0.029, despite being required to have zero alcohol in the system.
He was fined a total of $867 and is now disqualified from driving for three months.
Just days earlier, on Friday morning, 19 February, a 50-year-old motorist was also caught at high speeds.
The “irresponsible driver” was allegedly detected driving 132km/h in the 90km/h zone.
He received a $702 fine and will be without a driver’s license for a period of six months.
In a statement Victoria Police urged drivers to “be present behind the wheel”.
“Local police have been supported by our State Highway Patrol and neighbouring police areas to increase the visibility on Cardinia roads including Kooweerup Road,” the statement read.
“Safety on our roads is a partnership and requires all drivers to drive within the speed limit, not to drive impaired, not to drive whilst fatigued and not to drive distracted. Put those phones away and concentrate on your driving.”