Siren sounds on risky drivers

By Esther Lauaki

Hume and Macedon Ranges police were working long after the final football siren sounded as part of Operation Scoreboard over the recent long weekend.

Hume police detected 79 traffic offences throughout the four-day road safety focus, while Macedon Ranges officers detected 53 traffic offences.

Unregistered vehicles drove offences up in Hume with 21 detected by police while 38 drivers were pulled up by Macedon Ranges police for speeding.

In Hume, 10 drivers were found to be drink driving, another five were disqualified drivers, eight were unlicensed and 15 were caught speeding.

Three drivers were drink driving in the Macedon Ranges, two were drug affected, one unlicensed and four were driving unregistered vehicles.

Road Policing Command Acting Assistant Commissioner Neville Taylor said overall it was disappointing to see so many motorists taking risks behind the wheel.

“There’s just no excuse,” he said. “This type of behaviour, and let’s be very clear – these are choices made behind the wheel – simply puts all road users at increased risk.”

He said it was still good to see many drivers driving safely.

“The majority of our road users did the right thing and I’m thankful that so many were able to enjoy the sporting weekend.”

Operation Scoreboard ran statewide from 12.01am Thursday, September 27 to 11.59pm Sunday, September 30.