October 14, 2011
A DRIVER has been caught travelling at 195km/h in a 60km/h zone through Box Hill.
The 20-year-old, who is living in Forest Hill on a student visa and driving on his Kenyan preliminary licence in Australia, was snapped by a speed camera at the intersection of Canterbury Rd and Station St about 4am on September 24.
He had three teenagers aged 16 and 17 in his mother’s early 1990s model Nissan at the time, highway patrol Acting Sgt Shannon Elston said.
Police seized the man’s passport yesterday and charged him with five offences including conduct endangering life and speeding dangerously.
He was bailed to appear before Ringwood Magistrates’ Court in February.
Acting Sgt Elston said the charges could result in a jail term of up to 10 years.
“It’s one of the highest speeds I have ever come across, particularly in a built-up zone,” Acting Sgt Elston, a police officer for 11 years, said.
The charges come after the Leader revealed a loophole allowing international visitors to drive on Victorian roads on their home country’s licence without accruing demerit points.
The RACV has called for temporary residents to be required to sit Victorian licence tests after a period of time, but neither the Labor nor Liberal parties would comment directly on the issue.