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$30,000+ in fine Christmas fines

MORE than $30,000 in fines have been issued on Loddon roads over the Christmas-New Year break.

Local police said there had been more than 60 penalty notices issued as they again called for driver safety on roads across the shire.

Adding to the alleged 170kmh speed detected last week near Jarklin, have been:

• 130kmh at Salisbury West by an 18-year-old man from Moama

• 131kmh on the Calder at Glenalbyn by a 28-year-old man from Mildura

• 132kmh at Jarklin by a 27-year-old woman overtaking on the Loddon Highway

• 135kmh on the Loddon Highway by a 38-year-old man heading home to Swan Hill on Christmas Day.

Police said those infringements had a three-month suspension and a $500+ fine attached.

And they said overtaking was not an excuse for driving at 45kmh over the speed limit after a 40-year-old Keysborough man was caught at Bridgewater on Christmas Eve. He was fined more than $680 and has a six-month licence suspension.

Similar penalties were issued for travelling at 140km at Glenalbyn to a 21-year-old from Pakenham travelling to Mildura and a 20-year-old NSW resident detected travelling at 144kmh on the Calder Highway at Kurting.

“But unfortunately for us in the Loddon Shire, (these speeds are) just below the speed threshold for a 12-month loss of licence and an automatic impounding of vehicles,” police said.

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