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Driver puts his foot in it during ‘frustrating’ weekend on the road

Police fined the driver for speeding and failing to maintain control of his vehicle. Photo: Victoria Police
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A motorist who was photographed driving his vehicle while resting his feet on the dashboard has told police he performed the dangerous manoeuvre for the purpose of taking a photo.

The driver was fined more than $500 after police allegedly found the man speeding later that evening, at 114km/h in a 100km/h zone.

He was stopped near Wangaratta in Victoria’s north and issued with two fines: $242 for failing to have proper control of his vehicle and $322 for speeding.

After receiving reports that a man driving with his feet on the dash, police located the vehicle about 70 minutes later.

Highway patrol officers in that state were left “frustrated and appalled” at the behaviour of motorists after a state-wide long weekend blitz, called Operation Arid.

In another frightening incident, Victoria Police allege a 32-year-old NSW man was caught driving at 200km/h in a 100km/h zone with four children – between three and 10 years old – in the vehicle.

He was found to be unlicensed and returned a preliminary breath test reading of 0.091, almost twice the legal limit for a fully licensed driver.

Two hours later, police stopped detected an 18-year-old driving at 150km/h in a 100km/h zone. The teenager had only held a licence for four days.

He will be charged with speeding and exceeding the passenger restrictions that apply to P-platers.

Earlier, an unmarked police car was overtaken by a motorcycle travelling at 165km/h in a 100km/h zone. The motorcycle was impounded and the driver will be charged.

Operation Arid runs until midnight on Monday, the end of the Labour Day public holiday in Victoria.

Data from the Transport Accident Commission puts the state’s road toll at 59 deaths so far this year.