Update March 28th 2007:
We’ve been informed by Victoria police that our assumptions were incorrect. From July 1 2005, all revenue raised from speed and red light cameras, as well as from all on-the-spot fines, has been put into roads and road safety through the Better Roads Victoria Trust Fund. So the Chrysler 300C is not paid for by your speeding tickets – at least not directly.
“This bold, powerful and capable vehicle is more than ready to help police officers go and get the bad guys!” said Gerry Jenkins, managing director for the Chrysler Group in Australia.
“And with a comprehensive list of standard equipment and safety features the police will be doing it in style too,” he said.
Mr Guy Hungerford of Victoria Police Fleet Division said the 300C is proving extremely popular with the public.
“There has been a positive reaction to this car, with its good looks and striking presence it turns a lot of heads and has some serious street cred.
“When people see the 300C they just want to take a closer look and talk about it which helps to encourage positive interaction,” he said.
The fitting midnight blue 300C with its flashing lights and chequered decals is fully operational and will be used throughout Victoria in general police duties.
“We are also using the 300C at police open days and high profile events like the 2006 GMC Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island,” said Hungerford.
“Victoria Police have trialled many vehicles in the past yet none have attracted the attention and interest of the 300C. Using this fantastic car is proving to be an enormous success,” he said.
The public can next look forward to viewing the car at the Spring Racing Carnival.