Po­lice still tar­get­ing driv­ers

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - By Ali­son O’Con­nor

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.

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