Crackdown on speeding drivers

BENDIGO police nabbed 32 speeding drivers across the city on Sunday.

Sergeant Geoff Annand said the figure was not surprising.

He said more officers were on the road this holiday season.

“There are more cars on the road in the lead up to Christmas,” Sergeant Annand said.

“It is all a part of the Summer Stay operation.”

The Summer Stay initiative is a two-month police blitz that aims to reduce road trauma over the high-risk holiday season.

Police say drivers should expect to be breath-tested, drug-tested and checked for speeding over the summer period.

Sergeant Annand said a female driver was caught speeding 35 kilometres over the legal limit on Sunday.

The 19-year-old from Echuca was caught on the Midland Highway near Rushworth about 3.50pm.

“The female was doing 135 kilometres per hour in a 100 zone,” Sergeant Annand said.

“She received a $469 fine, she lost four demerit points and her license was suspended for a month.”

A drink driver was also caught on Sunday evening.

Sergeant Annand said a 33-year-old Bendigo man was found driving 19 kilometres over the speed limit on Victoria Street in Eaglehawk.

He said the driver was caught driving 79 kilometres per hour in a 60 zone.

“When we intercepted the driver police smelt alcohol on his breath,” Sergeant Annand said.

“A breath test was conducted and he blew a reading of 0.068.”

Sergeant Annand said the driver was charged on summons.

“The driver was charged for being unlicensed, driving in an unregistered car, speeding and being over the legal limit,” he said.  

Sergeant Annand said it was disappointing that the message to stay safe on the roads was not getting through to the community.

“Considering the media campaign police have had we would have hoped drivers would be getting the message,” he said.

Police will continue to patrol Greater Bendigo roads across the holiday period. 

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