Motorists take “unnecessary risks” during Victoria Police’s Operation Regal

Speeding has once again topped the list of offences in the Goldfields Police Service Area (PSA) on what police say was a “disappointing” long weekend.

Operation Regal, which ran from 12.01 am on Friday to 11.59 pm on Monday, focused on impaired driving and increased traffic with the aim to reduce the incidence of serious incidents and severity of road trauma.

In the Goldfields PSA, 27 speeding infringements were issued along with four drink drivers, two drug drivers, two unlicensed drivers, one unregistered vehicle and one impoundment.

Goldfields Highway Patrol Acting Sergeant Dale Andrews said the operation’s results for the region were disappointing.

“We’re a little bit disappointed, there were warnings out there but people still decided to take unnecessary risks, especially with the poor weather,” he said.

“Highway Patrol did about 250 preliminary breath tests and about 20 drug tests.

“One of the speeding offences detected was a driver travelling more than 30 km/h over the speed limit on the Bendigo-Maryborough Road. That person lost their licence for three months as a result.

“We also had a man in breach of his interlock licence, who was a P plater who wasn’t displaying P plates and was driving a manual instead of an auto car. His vehicle was impounded.”

More than 8976 traffic offences were detected across Victoria during Operation Regal, and like the Goldfields speeding topped the list with 3451 people caught over the limit.

For more on this story see the Front Page of The Advertiser, Friday, June 14

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