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Over 150 offences in one day

August 4, 2023 7:59 am in by
police car fileMore than 150 offences have been detected as part of a major road safety operation across western Victoria, involving officers from Geelong.

Operation West Connect has seen officers patrolling major roads across large parts of the state targeting high-risk driving behaviour.

The ongoing operation focuses on roads across Geelong, including down along the Surf Coast and all the way to the South Australian border.

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Police say they detected 156 offences on Thursday, July 28, including 95 speeding offences.

‘It’s alarming we continue to detect so many motorists speeding and even more concerning the majority were well above the speed limit,” Western Region Road Policing Inspector, Justine Ryan said.

“Sadly, a number of this year’s fatal collisions in regional Victoria have involved motorists travelling at higher speeds,” she said.

“The likelihood of being involved in a serious injury or fatal collision increases significantly if you speed, so we need drivers to slow down and adhere to the speed limits – they are in place to keep all road users safe.

“Operation West Connect will continue throughout Western Victoria and will see police enforcing across major arterials to drive down road trauma.”

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Other offences picked up included unregistered vehicles and mobile phone use.

Just one drink driver was detected from 481 breath tests and two drug drivers from 69 roadside drug tests.

Image: File

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