Victoria Police have hit out at a stunt by a car magazine in which one of its journalists drove from Melbourne to Sydney at an average speed of 130 kilometres per hour.
Wheels Magazine staged the 800km journey as part of a campaign for an increase in the speed limit, completing the drive in just over six hours.
The magazine, which boasted that it did not receive one speeding fine during the drive, claims higher speeds reduce driver fatigue, making the roads safer.
Police Superintendent Neville Taylor rejected the claim.
"Speed is still about one-third the contributor to road trauma on our roads in Victoria," he said.
"Speed is by far one of the most single behaviours we need to keep focusing on for road users to change to reduce road trauma."
Superintendent Taylor says while the magazine boasts about not being detected, the journalist was well aware of point-to-point camera locations.
"What I've been told is the driver deliberately drove compliant with speed limits through road safety cameras that we know exist on the Hume Freeway, including the point-to-point safety cameras," he said.
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