Operation Regal: Wimmera drivers take to the roads safely

Police ran Operation Regal from Friday to Monday, which targeted speed, fatigue, impaired driving, distraction offences and seatbelt compliance.

Police ran Operation Regal from Friday to Monday, which targeted speed, fatigue, impaired driving, distraction offences and seatbelt compliance.

WIMMERA police were pleased with driver behaviour in the region at the long weekend.

Police ran Operation Regal from Friday to Monday, which targeted speed, fatigue, impaired driving, distraction offences and seatbelt compliance.

Northern Grampians acting Senior Sergeant Stuart Gale said overall, the region had good results.

“We had no fatalities, but we did have two serious incidents,” he said.

Senior Sergeant Gale said there were crashes in the Grampians and at St Arnaud.

A male driver from Warrnambool suffered minor injuries when he hit a tree while swerving to avoid a kangaroo on Grampians Road, near Jimmy Creek on Saturday.

The driver was flown to Melbourne for treatment. 

At St Arnaud, a male driver, 43, lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a sign post on St Arnaud- Dunolly Road at 6am on Sunday. 

The Wandong man was conveyed to hospital with minor injuries. 

Senior Sergeant Gale said police believed the incident was alcohol-related.

The number plate recognition unit also ran checks at Great Western and Dadswells Bridge at the weekend.

Senior Sergeant Gale said at Dadswells Bridge, police detected one unlicensed driver, one unregistered vehicle and one driver breaching an interlock condition.

“At Great Western, police detected four unregistered vehicles, one interlock breach and six unlicensed drivers,” he said. Senior Sergeant Gale said police also charged a learner driver with drink-driving. 

“The driver had no L-plates and was driving an unsafe vehicle,” he said.

Senior Sergeant Gale said most motorists behaved responsibly during the long weekend. 

“The roads were busy, especially the Western Highway, with all the traffic heading towards Ballarat and Melbourne,” he said. 

“People were allowing time to drive safely and we were happy with the minimal number of complaints.”

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