Bendigo police operation catches 110 speeding drivers

MORE than 200 driving offences were detected as part of a traffic operation in Bendigo.

Speeding continues to be a major cause for concern, along with people using mobile phones while driving.

Bendigo highway patrol Senior Sergeant Paul Gardiner this week finished collating results from Operation Saturate, which wound up at the weekend.

“The operation included an additional six members above and beyond what we normally have,” he said.

“It was run over 10 shifts and during that time we had 110 people detected speeding.”

Senior Sergeant Gardiner said 14 people were caught disobeying traffic signs.

“We had eight people not wearing a seat belt, 10 unregistered vehicles and 17 people talking on mobile phones,” he said.

“There were also nine people caught driving without a licence, driving while suspended or with a disqualified licence.”

Senior Sergeant Gardiner said the first phase of Operation Saturate was now complete.

“There are still four phases to go for this financial year,” he said. “The results highlight we’re still dealing with the same number of people doing the wrong things,” he said.

“Drivers need to be aware that they need to do the right things on the road. We’re out there and they will be caught.”

“We’re still catching people doing silly things and the fines are not getting any smaller.

“We will continue to fine people if that’s the way to get through to people and get them to do the right thing.”

The operation was running in addition to Operation Super Ardent, which began on July 13, and saw Bendigo police working with the state highway patrol to prevent road trauma.

Senior Sergeant Gardiner said the results of Operation Super Ardent were not yet available.

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