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Long weekend speeders

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June 21, 2017

There were 85 motorists in the region who found themselves facing an expensive Queen’s Birthday long weekend after being nabbed by police for speeding.

There were 85 motorists in the region who found themselves facing an expensive Queen’s Birthday long weekend after being nabbed by police for speeding.

Operation Regal was run across the long weekend, and in the Wangaratta Police Service Area, which includes the Cobram district, there were 85 speeding offences detected, as well as five drink-drivers, five drug-drivers, four disqualified/suspended drivers and eight unlicensed drivers.

Police also detected 16 unregistered vehicles, as well as five drivers failing to obey signs and one driver with a mobile phone offence.

There were no seatbelt offences detected and no vehicles were impounded.

The operation ran from 12.01am Friday, June 9 to 11.59pm Monday, June, 12.

Across Victoria, police detected more than 8300 traffic offences and more than 800 crime offences during the four days of Operation Regal.

Road Policing Command Acting Assistant Commissioner Debra Robertson said the number of people found to be speeding as well as using their phones was a risk to the community so easily avoided.

‘‘I’m not sure what it will take for motorists to heed the warnings,’’ she said.

‘‘Does it have to be the loss of a loved one for the message to get through?

‘‘All our available highway patrol members and police throughout the state worked hard over the weekend in trying to keep all our road users safe.’’

Two people were killed over the long weekend — a 62-year-old male motorcyclist in Baxter and a 25-year-old man riding a mini-bike off-road at Holly Plains State Park — and a number were critically and seriously injured in a number of incidents.

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