Speedy weekend for drivers

More than 50 speeding offences were recorded in the Macedon Ranges on the Australia Day long weekend, aligning with the trend recorded throughout the state.

Operation Amity, a four day operation, recorded that speeding drivers made up almost half of offences detected by police, who were out in force in an effort to reduce road trauma.

In the Macedon Ranges, there were 51 speeding offences, 12 unregistered vehicles, one drink driving offence, one unlicensed driver, one offence of disobeying signs-signals and one impoundment.

In Hume there were just two speeding offences and one unregistered vehicle.

Road Policing Assistant Commissioner Glenn Weir said they need people to stop being reckless and speeding unnecessarily to get to their destination faster.

“Most speed detections are for low to mid-range speeding, which suggests to us that many motorists think it’s acceptable to travel just a little bit over the speed limit,” he said.

“What many motorists don’t seem to grasp is that speeding continues to be the leading cause of serious injury and fatal collisions- a quarter of last year’s fatal collisions were as a result of speed.

“Any form of excessive or inappropriate speed, whether it be five… to 25 kilometres per hour over the limit, significantly increases the likelihood of being involved in a collision.”

Throughout the state, police detected 5206 traffic offences, with 2261 of them being speeding offences.

Two people died on the long-weekend, bringing Victoria’s fatalities to 22, compared to 28 the same time last year.

Zoe Moffatt