BENDIGO and Macedon Ranges police have begun an operation targeting speeding drivers.
Operation U.N.O is set to focus on encouraging motorists to be aware and remember that in relation to speed limits they are required to travel ‘under not over’ the posted limit.
Police are pleading for all motorists to drive safer and under the speed limits.
Both the Bendigo and Macedon Rangers police services area have been allocated funding under the Enhanced Enforcement Program through the Transport Accident Commission.
Acting Sergeant Kevyn Hume-Cook said additional units would be deployed at identified high collision and high risk locations in both built up areas with 50 and 60 kilometre limits.
He also said police would also patrol highways with 100 and 110 kilometre limits.
“Police will be predominantly working in unmarked police cars to detect and issue fines for any speeds over the posted speed limit with additional focus on unrestrained occupants and drivers illegally using mobile phones,” acting sergeant Hume-Cook said.
The operation which began on the weekend is already a success with nine alcohol and drug affected drivers caught on Bendigo roads at the weekend.
Acting Sergeant Hume-Cook warned motorists that if they drive above the speed limit they risk a fine of $180 and one demerit point.
“At 10 kilometres or more the fine becomes $289 and three demerit points,” he said.
Acting Sergeant Hume-Cook reminded motorists that in all built up areas where there are houses it is a 50 kilometre zone unless the road is signposted with a greater speed.
He said if any driver was in doubt of the speed limit then to assume the limit is 50 kilometres.
Acting Sergeant Hume-Cook said the operation would run in conjunction with other operations targeting high risk behaviour across the state.
He said Operation U.N.O would run well into 2014.