Po­lice catch five driv­ers


FIVE mo­torists across Cam­paspe tested pos­i­tive for al­co­hol or drugs over the Aus­tralia Day long week­end.

Po­lice car­ried out 213 ran­dom breath tests over the four days as part of Op­er­a­tion Amity, which also de­tected 21 traf­fic of­fences.

Sergeant Paul Ni­coll of Cam­paspe High­way Pa­trol said al­though there were no se­ri­ous or fatal col­li­sions in Cam­paspe Shire, one of its high­way vans at­tended a col­li­sion in­volv­ing a car and mo­tor­bike in El­more at about 10am on Jan­uary 27.

A male mo­tor­cylist from Gir­garre was flown to the Al­fred Hos­pi­tal with non-life threat­en­ing in­juries.

The cause is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

‘‘Oth­er­wise the traf­fic was busy but be­cause it was so hot, ev­ery­one just took their time and was very well be­haved,’’ Sgt Ni­coll said.

With more than 6,300 traf­fic of­fences, more than 740 crime of­fences and three deaths across the state, Road Polic­ing Com­mand Act­ing As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Glenn Weir said the re­sults were in­cred­i­bly dis­ap­point­ing.

‘‘We saw far too many peo­ple mak­ing dan­ger­ous and il­le­gal choices by get­ting be­hind the wheel when they were ei­ther drug or al­co­hol af­fected,’’ he said.

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