130 of­fences, 14 drug or drunk driv­ers caught over the long week­end

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Front Page - BY STEVE KELLY skelly@ ne­me­dia.com.au

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.

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