Busy weekend for police

WELLINGTON police conducted more than 3000 preliminary breath tests as part of the state-wide Operation Nexus during the long weekend.

Focusing on speeding, distracted drivers and alcohol and drug driving, police noted there were no serious collisions, but eight drivers were detected with alcohol in their systems.

These included a 50-year-old man who was intercepted in Maffra with an alleged reading of 0.279, and another man leaving a Sale nightclub on Sunday morning who attempted a burnout with four others in his car.

He recorded a preliminary breath test reading of 0.087, and will face court on charges including reckless conduct endangering life.

Almost 100 other offences were detected during the break.

On Saturday, a 27-year-old man from Dandenong driving east on Montgomery Rd approached the intersection with the Princes Highway at Montgomery, failed to give way, and collided with a north-bound vehicle travelling on the Princes Highway driven by a 26-year-old man from Sale, who was not injured.

 No-one was injured and the offending driver received a penalty notice for failing to give way.

Two other minor motorcycle accidents were recorded, and a kangaroo strike at Dutson.

Wellington Highway Patrol’s Sergeant Luke Banwell said given the amount of traffic on the roads during Easter, the operation was a success in Wellington.

“The vast majority of motorists using our roads over Easter are to be congratulated for their driving behaviour,” he said.

“All police who worked over the Easter period in Wellington are to be commended for their efforts and diligence whilst most of the community were on holidays. 

“It is our job to work over these busy periods, and I reckon we have done a pretty good job keeping the roads safe.

“Having worked the entire holiday period myself, it was very pleasing to note the majority of motorists, which equates to thousands, were doing the right thing and driving safely.”