POLICE FED UP
130 offences, 14 drug or drunk drivers caught over the long weekend
POLICE are shaking their heads at motorists who continue to flout the law with 14 drug or drink drivers apprehended in the area during Operation Furlong from November 1 to 6.
Some 130 offences were detected and 550 preliminary breath tests were conducted across the Police Service Area (PSA), taking in Wangaratta, Alpine and Moira.
Eastern District 4 Senior Sergeant Darren Wittingslow said two serious collisions that claimed the lives of two people and seriously injured another five were caused by driver error which could have been avoided.
“A truck driver was on the wrong side of the road which caused a collision at Brimin which resulted in the double fatality,” Sen Sgt Wittingslow said.
“In an incident earlier that day a motorist failed to avoid a driver doing a right hand turn at Tarrawingee Meats, hitting the car in the rear into an oncoming vehicle.”
The Brimin collision claimed the lives of a Bundalong mother, Amanda Kilmister, and her 12 year old son Harrison, with father Paul and his son Austin still in intensive care at Melbourne hospitals.
With the Tarriwingee collision, Sen Sgt Wittingslow said one good thing to come out of all this was that the oncoming vehicle was a late model Honda with high safety features.
“There wasn’t much left of the vehicle forward of the dashboard and it just goes to show the value of highly rated safety features such as airbags,” he said.