Commissioner for Road Policing, Ken Lay has been nabbed for exceeding the speed limit by 10km/h while passing through a country town.
Writing in a newspaper column this week, Mr Lay said his first knowledge of the offence came when he received a penalty notice in the mail, including a fine and the loss of three demerit points.
Caught travelling at 80km/h in a 70km/h zone in the central Victorian town of Tooborac, the Deputy Commissioner has publicly apologised for his transgression.
Mr Lay acknowledged that his lapse in judgement, which he said may have been due to fatigue or distraction, has let down his colleagues and family and tarnished the Police Force's efforts in educating the driving public.
"If some good can come out of this it's a message to the rest of the community that this sort of driving can happen to anyone, Whether it's the Deputy Commissioner or anyone else driving a motor car," Mr Lay wrote.
To his credit, the offence is Mr Lay's first in 35 years. Mr Lay said that while his good record would have given him grounds to request a warning, he has accepted the penalty as a show of responsibility for his role as Victoria's top traffic cop.