Two pedestrians hit

TWO pedestrians were airlifted to a Melbourne hospital on Monday night, after they were hit by a car in Sale.

About 7.10pm, the pedestrians were crossing the York and Macarthur St intersection, using the correct traffic signals, when they were struck by the car.

The 25-year-old male driver from Sale stopped to assist the pedestrians, and police with their enquiries.

The 71-year-old man from Pearcedale and a 63-year-old woman from Sale suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Police are still investigating, and say the accident is a timely reminder for drivers to concentrate on what can be a stressful period for motorists, with more pedestrians vehicles about.

POLICE have recently noticed an increase in learner drivers driving without their required licensed driver.

Recently, an unaccompanied learner was travelling west on Montgomery Rd, Bundalaguah, when she failed to negotiate the Sale-Maffra Rd intersection and hit a barrier about 10.20pm.

The 24-year-old female driver from Toongabbie escaped injury.

Police travelling from Maffra to Sale noticed the accident, and issued the driver with a penalty notice for failing to drive with an accompanying licensed driver (a $806 fine — the same penalty for an unlicensed driver).

LOCAL police are warning drivers to be careful on the roads this Christmas.

Traditionally one of the busiest times of the year for police, second only to Easter, Wellington Highway Patrol’s Sergeant Luke Banwell said police would be ramping up their presence on local roads.

“People are driving disqualified, drunk, on drugs and unlicensed, and they know it,” he said.

He encouraged people to not succumb to the  temptation of travelling long distances without adequate breaks, and to be wary of fatigue.