• Hannah Phillips

Six killed on Victoria's roads over Labour Day long weekend

With six people killed, over 500 drink and drug drivers nabbed and 3129 speeding offences detected during the past four days, police have been left shaking their heads at Victorian road users and their willingness to risk people’s lives.

Over 2100 of the motorists caught speeding were detected travelling 10 to 25 km/h over the limit, with a further 328 caught in excess of 25km/h over.

Two hundred and ninety nine drink driving offences were detected from the 147,130 preliminary breath tests conducted across the state. Two hundred and thirty four drug offences were also detected from 1512 roadside drug tests.

Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer said it is concerning that the number of drug drivers has increased from last year’s operation and one in every six motorists detected indicated drugs in their system.

“Time and time again we plead to those taking to our roads to take care, to not speed, to not use phones and to not drink and drive,” AC Fryer said.

“It is frustrating and just terribly sad that over the weekend another six families now face the true reality of road trauma.

“With the tragic death of two motorcyclists, two drivers and two passengers in which five of the six occurred on country roads, our focus on high risk user groups and country roads will remain strong.

“Safe road user behaviour starts with every single one of us, when we get behind the wheel or the bike or even walk down the street.

“The operation may have finished however our members will still be focused on keeping you safe on the roads; there must be a responsibility though for all road users to do the same.”

As part of Operation Arid, police detected the following:

Car/truck offences

• Detected 117 disqualified drivers

• Detected 256 unlicensed drivers

• Detected 623 unregistered vehicles

• Detected 262 seat belt offences

• Detected 2964 speeding offences

• Detected 441 mobile phone offences

• Detected 613 disobey signs/signals

• Detected 54 car/truck impoundments

Motorcycle offences

• Detected 9 disqualified drivers

• Detected 49 unlicensed drivers

• Detected 60 unregistered vehicles

• Detected 64 no helmet

• Detected 165 speeding offences

• Detected 36 disobey signs/signals

• Detected 5 motorcycle impoundments

Labour Day weekend lives lost include:

• A 19-year-old boy who lost his life after veering off Websters Road and crashed into a tree at Newry on Friday 9 March about 3.30am.

• A 60-year-old man who lost his life after coming off his motorcycle on Mansfield-Whitfield Road in Whitlands on Friday 9 March at 1.05pm.

• A 67-year-old man who lost his life after veering off Healesville-Koo Wee Rup Road in Healesville on Saturday 10 March about 1.15am.

• A 19-year-old girl who died in hospital on Saturday after the car she was a passenger in crashed into a truck on Boundary Road in Carrum Downs on Friday 9 March about 7.30am.

• A 20-year-old man who lost his life after the car he was a passenger in swerved to miss a tree on the road and lost control in Tresco on Monday 12 March about 7.15am.

• A 55-year-old male motorcyclist who lost his life after a collision with a semi-trailor on the Princes Hwy in Mount Moriac on Monday 12 March at 4.50pm.

Operation Arid ran from 12.01am on Friday 9 March until 11.59pm Monday 12 March, 2018

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