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Speeding drivers caught in Christmas road safety blitz in the Southwest | The standard

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ALMOST 400 violations were detected in the southwest during a 10-day Christmas traffic safety police blitz. Almost 40 percent of these incidents (156) were speeding violations. Statewide, more than 776 dangerous drivers have been detected while driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, with one in 270 drivers detected above the legal limit. IN OTHER NEWS: West Region Division Two Road Safety Director Master Sergeant Matt Wheeler said motorists need to slow down. “Although the operation is over, I want to remind community members that the police still target unacceptable behavior on the roads,” he said. Master Sergeant Wheeler said the number of violations was similar to previous years during the operation, but said any violation was alarming. Master Sergeant Wheeler said the Warrnambool division included Hamilton, Portland and Warrnambool and extended to the South Australian border. A major incident occurred on the first day of surgery, December 17, when a 54-year-old Portland woman was recorded allegedly driving at 178 km / h while blowing a blood alcohol level almost three times the legal limit at 0.142. Master Sergeant Wheeler said that across the division, 14 people have been caught in the act of drunk driving, including five in Warrnambool. More than 4,000 people have had breath tests. Another 21 people were arrested while driving unregistered vehicles, seven signs or signals of disobedience, 9 were arrested for seat belt violations, six for driving without a license, four for using their cell phones and three were arrested. disqualified drivers. Regarding cell phone use while driving, Master Sgt Wheeler said drivers should focus on operating the motor vehicle. “All cell phones or other distractions should be put away so that they are not tempted to look at them,” he said. Master Sergeant Wheeler said all security-related infractions were holding him back. “In the crashes I have witnessed as a police officer, speed, alcohol, drugs and seat belts are factors in the incident,” he said. “These are all offenses for a reason.” It is about the safety of the driver and other road users, and they must comply with these laws. , at your fingertips with The Standard: Our journalists work hard to provide local and up-to-date information to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content: