Extreme speeds during blitz have police shaking their heads

A Sebastopol man was allegedly caught speeding at 143km/h in a 100km/h zone in a statewide police crackdown on dangerous driving over the weekend.

The 44-year-old was nabbed as part of a five-day blitz called Operation Furlong, which called in all available highway patrol members and motorcycle police during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Police pulled over the man along Ballarat-Maryborough Road in Ascot about 3.30pm on Sunday, immediately suspending his licence.

Acting Sergeant Tony Creanor, who has years of experience patrolling Ballarat’s roads, said the operation targeted motorists who continued to flout the law despite repeated warnings from police.

“Those speeds, they’re what results in our fatalities,” he said.

“We need to get across to the community that we need to (slow down).”

But the alleged offending on Ballarat roads did not stop there.

In a separate incident, a Melbourne man, 31, was intercepted allegedly travelling at 118km/h in an 80km/h zone on Creswick Road just south of the Western Freeway in Wendouree about 3.45pm on Saturday.

Those speeds, they’re what results in our fatalities ... We need to get across to the community that we need to (slow down)

Ballarat-based Highway Patrol member Acting Sergeant Tony Creanor

He was charged on summons for excessive speed and driving while disqualified.

Earlier, an Alfredton man, 21, was allegedly caught speeding at 119km/h in an 80km/h zone on the Western Freeway at Warrenheip about 3.30pm.

His licence was suspended for six months.

As for impaired driving in the Ballarat region, police alleged nine motorists were detected drink driving and a 50-year-old man was driving while on drugs.

Fines were also issued for seat belt and mobile phone offences.

"We know that country roads are more dangerous than metro roads, we ask everyone to drive to the conditions, not to the posted limit,” Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer told Melbourne reporters.

He called on all Victorian motorists to promise themselves they would still be alive at Christmas.

"Statistics will say we'll lose another 40 (people) between now and the new year, but that doesn't have to be the case," he said.

“So I just implore everyone to drive to the conditions, make a contract with yourself to be here for Christmas.”