Aussie state police incur tickets

July 31, 2009 at 5:08 PM

MELBOURNE, July 31 (UPI) -- Police officials in the Australian state of Victoria said about one third of top police brass have been caught speeding and issued fines.

Deputy Commissioner Ken Lay, head of traffic for Victoria police, did not give specific names, but he said high-ranking police officers have incurred a total 12 tickets for speeding, the Melbourne Herald Sun reported Friday.

However, Lay did say he, Chief Commissioner Simon Overland and former Chief Commissioner Christine Nixon were not among those caught speeding.

Lay said police officers who do not obey traffic laws undermine traffic safety messages.

"There's no excuses. It's simply unacceptable," he said.

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