POLICE have caught ten drug-affected drivers on Bendigo roads since Tuesday but say they are not surprised by the results.
Acting Sergeant Kevyn Hume-Cook said extra police officers were in Bendigo as part of Operation Saturate resulting in the high number of drug-drivers caught.
"Having (a higher) number of officers who specifically target drug-drivers makes a big difference," he said.
"It makes it a lot easier for our members who are out and about doing other things."
The 10 cases were:
- A North Bendigo man, 27, who tested positive to methamphetamine on Tuesday about 5.30pm;
- A Quarry Hill man, 39, who tested positive to cannabis and methamphetamine on Friday about 6pm;
- A White Hills man, 33, who tested positive to cannabis and methamphetamine on Friday about 8pm in Bendigo.
- A Long Gully man, 20, who tested positive to cannabis in Long Gully about 10.20pm on Friday night;
- A Seaford man, 21, who was caught driving an unregistered vehicle and tested positive to methamphetamine in California Gully about 4.45pm on Saturday;
- A male, 19, who tested positive to cannabis about 6.10pm on Saturday;
- A North Bendigo man, 29, who tested positive to methamphetamine in Long Gully about 7.50pm;
- A Bendigo man, 24, who tested positive to illicit drugs at Bendigo Hospital on Saturday after his car ran into a tree in Bayne Street, about 11pm. Police are waiting to speak to the man.
- A Long Gully woman, 38, who tested positive to cannabis on Sunday about 2.50pm in California Gully; and
- An unlicensed Golden Square man caught driving an unregistered vehicle tested positive to illicit drugs but refused to go to the station for a second test. He will be summonsed to appear in court.
Acting Sergeant Hume-Cook said people who drove with illicit drugs in their system would be caught.
"Lots of people are tested and it's the minor percentage that flout the law," he said.
"The drugs we test for are illegal so people shouldn't be taking them at all regardless of whether they get behind the wheel."
A Long Gully man, 18, was also caught on Sunday driving an unregistered vehicle in Eaglehawk about 2.25pm with a blood alcohol level of 0.035. The P-plater will appear in court at a later date.