Bendigo drivers praised amid quiet new year period on roads

BENDIGO police have praised motorists for their behaviour during the new year period.

Sergeant Geoff Annand from Bendigo’s highway patrol said police performed more than 540 breath tests on New Year’s Day but just one alleged drink-driver was detected.

“At 4.30pm a 30-year-old man from Bendigo was detected driving without a licence,” Sergeant Annand said.

“He was later found to have a .026 breath alcohol reading.

“He’ll be charged on summons.

“We ran various breath-testing sites throughout the day, testing 540 drivers, and he 

was the only one exceeding his alcohol limit.”

Sergeant Annand has his fingers crossed central Victorian motorists will continue to exercise caution in 2013.

“In the main, over the new year period – New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day – most drivers were doing the right thing, which is pleasing,” he said.

“But we don’t want people to become complacent.

“The message doesn’t change throughout the rest of the year.

“So take time, plan your trip and don’t drink and drive.

“The roads are obviously quieter this week but when a lot of tradies and others will go back to work next week we expect it to be busier, so it’s definitely a time to take care on the roads.”

Statewide, central Victoria recorded the most road fatalities in 2012, with 28 deaths, up from 11 in 2011.

Senior Sergeant Paul Gardiner from the Bendigo highway patrol this week called on motorists to stay safe.

“Drivers really need to understand that everything they do in a motor vehicle can have severe consequences,” he said.

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