A P-plate driver nabbed at more than 150km/h on the Western Freeway near Bungaree and a 43-year-old man who had only two days earlier had his licence revoked by a magistrate - and would later allegedly fail a drug test - highlighted the drivers caught at the weekend across the region as part of Operation Argus.
The four-day road blitz targeted impaired driving, motorcycles, excessive speed, driver distraction and people not wearing seatbelts.
State highway patrol police swarmed the region with hundreds of breath and drug tests.
The 43-year-old was intercepted allegedly driving at 120km/h in a 110km/h zone at Invermay Park on Sunday morning just before 10am.
However, while the excessive speed was not of the high level, his alleged licence and drug test failure meant the 10km/h speed over the limit ended up costing him $1425 and seeing his car impounded.
Another man, a 21-year-old from Smythesdale, was caught on Saturday morning at much more dangerous speed, registering 151km/h in a 100km/h zone.
His indiscretion also caused his car to be impounded and he was fined $1255.
Across the state, a shocking 8677 traffic offences were detected along with 751 crime offences.
General offences detected included 196 disqualified or suspended drivers, 321 unlicensed drivers, 3325 speeding offences, 615 mobile phone offences, 124 vehicle impounds and 208 seatbelt offences
Heartbreakingly, five people also lost their lives taking the road toll to 197, now 198 after the death of AFL legend Danny Frawley near Gordon on Monday.
Road Policing Command Acting Assistant Commissioner Tim Hansen said the four-day operation yielded some shocking statistics.
"There are five families now living through the horror and heartache that comes with road trauma and are no longer able to celebrate birthdays, family occasions or Christmas with their loved ones," Acting Assistant Commissioner Hansen said.
"This is the worst possible reminder of how delicate life can be and the need for everyone to look out for each other and be mindful of their actions on the roads."
Operation Argus targeted the main causes of road trauma, including driver impairment, fatigue, speeding, distraction and seatbelt offences.
Acting AC Hansen said it was disappointing to see so many motorists continuing to engage in risky behaviour.
"Victoria Police invests significant resources into road policing but we also need the community to work with us," he said. "Road trauma is avoidable. It's only a matter of time before either the law catches up or you experience the consequences."
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