Police still targeting drivers
If you thought you saw more of the girls and boys in blue over the weekend, that’s because you probably did.
The almost two-week long Operation Nexus kicked off on Friday and will run until Anzac Day, with increased police numbers and booze and drug buses out in force targeting speed, fatigue, distraction, failure to wear seatbelts and drug and drink-driving.
A total of 115 offences were recorded in Mitchell Shire over the Easter long weekend. One collision resulted in serious injury when a motorcyclist was thrown from his bike after a kangaroo jumped out in front of him at Tyaak, near Broadford.
‘‘Given the traffic that went through the area, it’s not a bad result,’’ Acting Senior Sergeant David Gillespie said.
‘‘It’s still a lot of offences, but it could have been worse.’’
Most offences were speedrelated.
However, Sen Sgt Gillespie was disappointed to report five people were charged with drinkdriving offences.
‘‘It’s frustrating to see people are still committing this type of offence,’’ he said.
‘‘Police go on and on about drink and drug-driving, and given the obvious police presence on our roads, it’s disappointing to see people are still breaking the law.’’
Operation Nexus continues until next week and Sen Sgt Gillespie said no-one was immune from being targeted.
‘‘Heavy vehicles, light trucks, cars, motorbikes, cyclists, pedestrians — we’ll be looking out for the whole box and dice, because if they’re not behaving correctly or there’s any inattention there, they can quite easily become victims,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ve got an increased police presence from now until April 25, and the main thing we’re targeting is excessive speed, driver distraction with things like mobile phones, seatbelts and fatigue.
‘‘We’re also watching out for any sort of impaired driving due to alcohol or drugs.
‘‘Every Highway Patrol has the capability to do drug testing, and every police car has the ability to test for drink-driving.’’
In the past five years, a total of 16 people have lost their lives and 450 have been seriously injured on Victorian roads at Easter.
‘‘The Easter long weekend has traditionally been a high-risk time on our roads, that’s why we’re putting so much effort and so many resources into making sure everyone is safe,’’ Sen Sgt Gillespie said.