A driving instructor has been caught driving almost 70km/h over the speed limit in the middle of Ballarat.
The 56-year-old man had his car impounded after he was busted travelling 128km/h in a 60 km/h zone in Grant Street.
He was caught at 9.30am on Sunday, as police conducted a road blitz as part of Operation Amadeus..
His car was immediately impounded at a cost of $1425.
He is expected to be charged on summons with driving at a dangerous speed and exceeding the speed limit.
The driving instructor was not the only person nabbed by police as part of the blitz.
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Later in the day highway patrol officers detected a white Holden commodore, displaying allegedly false plates, travelling at 145km/h in a 60 zone on Colac-Ballarat Road, Napoleons, just after midday.
Police attempted to intercept the vehicle however the Holden failed to stop and the intercept was discontinued.
A short time later police attended a Mount Clear address and located the commodore parked in the driveway.
Enquiries at the address did not locate the driver however a 21-year-old woman was arrested on outstanding warrants after providing police with a false name.
A 22-year-old Mount Clear man was later arrested by police, interviewed, and charged with numerous offences including conduct endangering persons, failing to stop for police and driving whilst suspended.
His vehicle was impounded for 30 days at a cost of $1425 and the man was bailed to appear at the Ballarat Magistrates Court on 11 November.
Acting Senior Sergeant at Ballarat Highway Patrol, Stuart Gale, expressed his disappointment at how many drivers were caught driving at "ridiculous" speeds, including a driving instructor.
"There is a speed limit for a reason, those people are putting other people's lives in danger with unnecessary risk," he said.
In the first three days of the operation police detected 398 offences and impounded 19 vehicles in the Ballarat area.
Acting Senior Sergeant Gale said he was "flabbergasted" at the number of offences recorded.
He said speed was one of the factors police continued to see involved in trauma so seeing so many drivers travelling at excessive speed was not acceptable, given that increased speed means increased trauma.
"We have seen 17 lives lost on our roads so far this year and it's just not acceptable. Our target is zero.
The results of the operation are alarming. We want all people to drive safely and stop putting other lives at risk.Acting Senior Sergeant Stuart Gale
He said police would continue to enforce the laws around impaired driving, speed and distraction to get the message across, as October is typically a high-trauma month.
"We have a number of operations in the next couple of months. We will be out ensuring the public is kept safe by targeting those who choose to behave in this manner."
These intercepts form part of Operation Amadeus, aimed at addressing the causal factors of fatal and serious injury collisions within rural Victoria, with a primary focus on speed enforcement and drug and alcohol impaired drivers.
The four-day operation concludes today at 4pm.
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