FORGET about getting off the hook with a warning, police won’t be issuing any to motorists detected breaking the law over summer.
“If you are detected doing the wrong thing you can expect to be put in the book,” Bass Coast Highway Patrol (BCHP) Sergeant Jason Hullick cautioned.
Highway police are currently out in force on local roads, setting up multiple booze bus operations and the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) van as part of ‘Operation Crossroads’, a state-wide holiday operation targeting the ‘Fatal Five Factors’ – speed, drink/drug driving, fatigue, seatbelts and distraction (with an emphasis on illegal mobile phone use).
Sgt Hullick expressed disappointment over an operation in Grantville on Christmas Day, where police nabbed two motorists travelling along Bass Highway in excess of 130 km/hr.
“This time of year can be very busy out there and to have people doing these sorts of speeds on Christmas Day just gets me shaking my head,” Sgt Hullick said.
“Both motorists, a 41 year-old man from Burwood and an 18 year-old P-plater from Wonthaggi will be suspended from driving for months, receive a $469 fine and lose four demerit points.”
Police were back in Grantville last Friday, December 27, conducting ‘Operation Squeeze’, which involved close to 1000 preliminary breath tests (PBTs).
Sgt Hullick noted that this operation produced more encouraging results.
“Whilst we registered some low readings on the PBTs, we did not detect anyone over the legal limit, which is very pleasing,” he said.
In conjunction with breath testing, the ANPR van was deployed, scanning the number plates of more than 3800 vehicles in four hours.
In total, 66 ‘vehicles of interest’ were intercepted by police at a road block.
More than a third of the detections (23) resulted in infringement notices issued for a range of offences, including eight unregistered vehicles, five unlicensed drivers and a number of P-plate offences.
On Saturday, police handed over multiple infringement notices to a 20 year-old man from Blackburn South after he was spotted being driven along Bass Highway near Bass with the top half of his body popping out the car’s sunroof.
Police will continue to have a strong presence on local roads in coming weeks.
“We have a number of similar operations planned for the holiday period and urge every motorist to drive safely,” Sgt Hullick concluded.