By Meg Kennedy
Speeding remains the highest road offence in Moorabool, following the completion of Victoria Police’s Operation Roadwise.
The operation, which ran throughout the Christmas and New Year period, saw 182 speeding offences, 23 unregistered vehicles, 15 unlicensed drivers, seven drink drivers, six disqualified drivers, five seatbelt offences, four impoundments, three drug drivers, two cyclist offences, one disobey of signs/signals and just one mobile phone offence.
The Moorabool area saw two serious road offences throughout the period.
On Friday, 20 December 2019, Ballan Police impounded a vehicle after it was seen travelling at 190km in a 100km zone on the Western Highway.
The driver was a 21-year-old P-plater.
On Christmas Day, a 44-year-old Bacchus Marsh male driving under the influence of alcohol returned a result of 0.262.
The driver’s car was impounded, licence immediately suspended, and will face court at a later date.
Ballan Police Officer-In-Change Sergeant Michael Kearnes said Ballan Police issued 18 penalty notices during the operation, most relating to speed.
“There were also a number of positive breath tests, including a number of drivers who blew in excess of 0.08 percent blood alcohol. One of these drivers had their licence immediately suspended, and two were residents of the area,” he said.
Sergeant Kearnes said “out of the tests conducted, the number of drivers found to be in excess of 0.05 percent constitutes 1.76 percent of all drivers, most of whom were locals.”
“I encourage – beg – our locals to please stop and rest for ten-minutes if you feel you’re starting to fall asleep,” he said.
“We like our community and the people in it, and we’d like to see you alive and uninjured in 2021.”
The Moorabool LGA saw a total of seven fatalities on its roads in 2019, including the death of a woman after a collision in Balliang East, just before the holiday period.
Operation Roadwise ran from Friday, 13 December 2019 to Sunday, 5 January 2020.