POLICE nabbed nine alcohol and drug affected drivers on Bendigo roads at the weekend.
Acting Sergeant Peter Dyer said he couldn’t believe how many people were caught over the legal blood alcohol level.
“On a normal weekend we would get around four people but to get nine that is something we would get over December and January,” he said.
“It is definitely a step back.”
Police first caught a 41-year-old male who was caught doing a burnout in Napier Street, White Hills on Friday night.
He blew 0.069, his car was impounded and he has been summonsed to appear in court.
A 32-year-old male driving on Eaglehawk Road with no headlights blew 0.089 on a zero alcohol condition.
He too was summonsed to appear in court.
In the early hours of Saturday morning, on a routine check, a 40-year-old male blew 0.071 and was issued with a penalty notice, disqualification of licence for six months and a fine of $433.
A 58-year-old woman who avoided a Police Breath Test site at the Calder Alternate Highway at Lockwood South blew 0.143.
Her licence was immediately suspended, her licence was disqualified for 14 months and she was issued with a $614 fine.
On Saturday night a 49-year-old male who was instructing a learner driver blew 0.147 in Ironbark.
He has been summonsed to appear in court.
A 25-year-old male on a probationary licence blew 0.037.
This was the male’s second offence so his licence was immediately suspended; he was also summonsed to appear in court.
On Sunday morning a 41-year-old male involved in a car accident on Wade Street blew 0.089.
His licence was immediately suspended and was summonsed to appear in court at a later date.
A 55-year-old male who was stopped at a police breath test site on Caledonia Street in North Bendigo blew 0.089.
His licence was disqualified for six months and received a $433 fine.
On Sunday night a 36-year-old female was intercepted on Mitchell Street in Kangaroo Flat.
She returned a positive drug test for cannabis.
She was summonsed to appear in court for drug driving.
Acting Sergeant Dyer said he was disappointed with the ages of people who were caught.
“Usually we catch probationary drivers but in this case the youngest is 25,” he said.
“The other people are also more mature and should have known better.”
Sergeant Dyer said police would begin Operation Raids on November 15.
He said the aim of the operation was to target drug and alcohol impaired drivers.