Speeding with no seatbelts

ALBURY police are appalled after nabbing 23 unrestrained motorists over the Easter break, including a vehicle travelling at 135km/h with two children on board.

Highway Patrol Sgt Matt Zemaitis labelled the behaviour as “highly reckless” as the five-day Easter road traffic blitz came to an end at midnight on Monday.

Of the 23 motorists caught not wearing a seatbelt, 16 of them were nabbed on Monday.

They included a man, 40, travelling at 135km/h along the Hume Highway at Table Top at 12.40am yesterday.

The driver, three adults and two children were not restrained.

“It’s unbelievable to think that in today’s age that people would not put a belt on,” Sgt Zemaitis said.

“In this case they were not only endangering themselves, but also the children on board.”

The man had his licence suspended immediately.

Police stopped a man, 20, on the Hume Highway at Little Billabong.

He was caught travelling at 134km/h and it was found his three passengers were not wearing seatbelts.

The man lost 20 demerit points and will be issued with an infringement notice for speeding, providing a false name and address, driving with unrestrained passengers and using an unregistered and uninsured vehicle.

The three passengers also received infringement notices for being unrestrained.

Despite a fatality-free weekend across the Border and North East, police still caught people doing the wrong thing on the road.

Albury police issued 136 speeding tickets and 119 drivers received penalties for other offences during the road traffic blitz.

Among those speeding was a learner driver, 17, who was caught on the Hume Highway at Woomargama on Sunday night travelling 37km/h above the speed limit allowed according to his learner’s permit.

He had his licence immediately suspended.

In Wodonga, police nabbed 59 speeding drivers, four drug-drivers, four drink-drivers and 54 motorists for other offences.

“Considering the large volume of traffic over the long weekend, the majority of motorists were compliant,” Highway Patrol Acting Sgt Mal Burdett said.

Wangaratta police issued 95 infringement notices during the long weekend, with 56 for speeding.