ABC Victoria: Traffic tweet sent by Liberal candidate Robert Davies being investigated, police say. State political reporter Alison Savage. 17 July 2014
PHOTO: The deleted tweet that got Robert Davies into trouble. (Supplied)
Victoria Police has confirmed it will investigate a photograph tweeted by a Liberal candidate which appears to have been taken while he was driving.
Robert Davies, who will contest the seat of Mulgrave in the November state election, tweeted a photograph of traffic on the Monash Freeway this morning.
There were big delays on the freeway after a fruit truck lost its load of apples.
Mr Davies used the tweet and photograph to support the Government’s East West Link project.
“Nightmare on the Monash Freeway this morning, Mulgrave wants EW link #springst”, he tweeted.
The tweet has since been deleted.
A Victoria Police spokeswoman says the matter is being investigated.
It is an offence to use a mobile phone behind the wheel, even if the car is stationary.
A Liberal Party spokesman said Mr Davies has acknowledged that he did the wrong thing and is sorry.
Premier Denis Napthine said he was not aware of the tweet from the Liberal candidate.
But he said the delays on the road were clearly frustrating.
“What we had this morning is another serious incident on the freeway which highlights the need for alternatives and the need for the East West Link,” he said.
“If you’ve got the East West link you don’t have this chaos and traffic congestion and traffic jams because of a single incident in the tunnels or on the M1.”