Drivers are heeding message, say Bendigo police

MEMBERS of Bendigo’s highway patrol say the safety message seems to be getting through to motorists, after a quiet Christmas period on our roads.

One man tested positive for methamphetamine yesterday after being reported for driving erratically on the Calder Highway about 9.30am.

The 34-year-old Gisborne man was intercepted at Dunstans Lane in Maiden Gully and was found to be driving with a disqualified licence.

He has been charged on summons with driving under the influence of drugs and driving with a disqualified licence.

Bendigo highway patrol’s Sergeant Geoff Annand said the fact this was the only serious incident on our roads yesterday showed central Victorians were taking extra care over the festive period.

“We are reasonably pleased with that. It’s actually quite good,” he said.

“I think that people have taken heed of the road safety message over this Christmas period in central Victoria.”

Sergeant Annand said he hoped the careful driving would continue beyond the new year period.

“Touch wood nothing too bad happens and people continue to take note of our warnings.”

Victoria’s holiday road toll last night stood at six, bringing the 2012 toll to 277.

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