Not so merry Christmas for Kilmore motorists

January 04, 2018

Be safe: Highway Patrol Eastern Region Division three Acting Senior Sergeant David Gillespie is urging people to take care on roads after Christmas.

Uniform members from Seymour, Kilmore, Broadford, and Wallan police stations recently conducted ‘Operation Jingle Bells’, an automatic number plate recognition operation.

More than 2940 number plates were scanned at the site set up on Powlett St, Kilmore — the first time that an ANPR operation was conducted in the town.

More than 800 preliminary breath tests were conducted and a number of offences were detected including one suspended driver, four unlicensed drivers, six unregistered motor vehicles, while three defect notices were issued along with one breach interlock device.

One of the number plates scanned identified a 27-year-old Caroline Springs man wanted on two outstanding warrants in relation to breaching interlock device.

These intercepts form part of the Roadwise Campaign, a statewide operation aimed at reducing road trauma and improving road user behaviour.

The operation will run throughout the high-risk summer period until January 7.

During this time there will be an increased focus by police on the main causes of fatalities and serious injuries which include; excessive speed, driver distraction, seatbelt non-compliance, fatigue and drink and drug drivers.

The operation involves a response from all available personnel including; local road policing units, general duties, other operational policing units and centralised resources from Road Policing Command.

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