Not a ‘silly season’ in Mansfield Shire
Police happy with public behaviour during busy period, but not without tragedy
THE overriding consensus is that the Christmas/New Year period in Mansfield was a good one.
Boom visitor numbers provided an injection for local businesses, while police were treated to a relatively quiet holiday period in regards to incidents.
Sergeant Nathan Pelling, from the Mansfield police, said overall the public had proven to be well behaved in what is often a silly season.
“New Year’s was quiet, most people were well behaved at the licensed premises,” he said.
“Christmas was the same.
“We expected the usual call outs to The Pines, Gough’s Bay and Sheepyard Flat – (but) overall, people have been very well behaved – our call outs to those areas have been very minimal.”
It was a similar case for the Highway Patrol officers, who said that the public had been generally good.
Despite a number of drivers clocked 30km/h over the limit, earning them an automatic loss of licence, and a number of four wheel drivers given notice for excessive lift kits, the majority of road users did the right thing.
“Motorists were mostly behaving and abiding by the law,” Leading Senior Constable Rebecca Watkins of Mansfield police said.
“There are always the few speedsters that we get, that lose their licence.”
State highway police were a visible force across the shire, which is thought to aid deterring those who may otherwise be tempted to do the wrong thing.
Marring the festive season was a fatality out at Jamieson, where a 34 year old man from the Mornington Peninsula was killed when his modified four wheel drive fell 20 metres down an embankment.
The incident happened on a fire access track off the Eildon Jamieson Road at 1am on December 21, with the driver sustaining crush injuries when he was partially thrown from his vehicle.
It is thought he was not wearing a seatbelt at the time.
His two male passengers, both 19 years old, were taken to the Mansfield District Hospital for observation before later being released.
In other tragic news, a local Mansfield man died suddenly while attending the Beyond the Valley music festival in Warragul.
The man was airlifted to hospital in a critical condition on Saturday, December 29, however, died on Tuesday morning, January 1.
Police will prepare a report for the Coroner, but the death is not being treated as suspicious.