CENTRAL Victorian roads will be the target of a traffic blitz this weekend.
Sergeant Tony Woods said the state highway patrol crackdown was part of Operation Chill and would target Bendigo, Central Goldfields and the Macedon Ranges.
He said the blitz was funded by the Traffic Accident Commission in partnership with the state highway patrol and aimed to reduce the road toll on rural roads.
“We will set up a variety of one-man patrols, two-man patrols, unmarked and marked cars and motorbikes,” he said.
“Our focus will be on people drinking and driving, using drugs and driving, not wearing seat belts and distraction offences such as using a mobile while driving.”
Sergeant Woods said yesterday was day two of the blitz and about nine motorists had been fined for exceeding the speed limit.
He said seven drivers had been nabbed for either driving while drinking or using drugs.
“It is about trying to change people’s attitudes when it comes to using the roads,” he said.
“When there is lots of police around people don’t know what roads we are on and when we are going to be there.”
As part of the blitz the Bluenet car spent time yesterday patrolling the Kangaroo Flat area.
Sergeant Woods said the car can detect unregistered vehicles and unlicensed drivers while on the move, and helps police improve road safety.
He said a 33-year-old man from the Macedon Ranges area had his car impounded for driving with a suspended licence.
He said two other vehicles had also been impounded due to speeding or having suspended licences.