Police rule the roads during Operation Regal

Police detected 37 driving offences in Macedon Ranges and Sunbury over the King's Birthday long weekend (Unsplash).

As Victorians enjoyed the King’s Birthday long weekend, Victoria Police detected 37 traffic offences in Sunbury and Macedon Ranges as part of Operation Regal.

Operation Regal had police targeting high-risk driving behaviour across the state over four days in an effort to drive down road trauma, with more than 7000 offences detected in Victoria.

In Macedon Ranges, police detected 19 speeding offences, five unregistered vehicles, three mobile phone offences, one drink driver, one other drink/drug offence, and one driver disobeying signs or signals.

In Sunbury, police detected three drivers disobeying signs or signals, two speeding offences, one drink driver, and one other drink/drug offence.

Road Policing Assistant Commissioner Glenn Weir said it was “very disappointing” that police detected “so many” people disregarding the road rules over the long weekend.

“It is much harder to avoid a collision in wet weather if you’re speeding, distracted, or driving while impaired, and yet we caught so many people taking those risks,” he said.

“Even more concerning was the high number of people detected drink or drug driving – these people are making reckless and selfish decisions that not only puts themselves at risk, but all other road users.

“It only takes one poor decision and a split second to cause a tragedy, and yet we’ve seen far too much of that on our roads this year.

“Police will continue to enforce against those who engage in risky driving behaviour – there will be zero tolerance for those who blatantly disregard the road rules.”

With wet weather and poor visibility increasing as winter sets in across Victoria, police are urging motorists to take extra care on the roads and be on the lookout for vulnerable road users – particularly motorcyclists and pedestrians.

Police will remain highly visible on the roads across the state, with targeted operations to take place over the coming weeks focusing on vulnerable road user safety.

Operation Regal ran from 12.01am Friday, June 7, until 11.59pm on Monday, June 10.