Road blitz hits three figure offences

Road blitz hits three figure offences

A four-day road policing operation conducted in East Gippsland has resulted in 103 offenders being nabbed for various offences.

Police Operation Argus, which began last Thursday and ended at midnight on Sunday, saw drivers charged with a range of traffic related offences, including excessive speed, restraint and distraction issues.

During the operation, 560 people were drug and alcohol tested with two being found driving impaired.

On Saturday morning police received a call from the public that a driver appeared alcohol and drug affected at the APCO service station.

Members from the East Gippsland Highway Patrol attended and intercepted a Toyota SUV on Main Street.

The driver, a 35-year-old Bairnsdale man, was found to be disqualified from driving.

He refused to undergo a drug test and had his vehicle impounded for 30 days at a cost of $1255.

He will appear in court at a later date to face charges of driving while disqualified and refusing a drug test.

Police say while driver behavior was generally reasonable during Operation Argus, they are still concerned about the number of single vehicle accidents occurring on country roads.

There were three collisions late last week, all of which were in the Orbost area.

A Metung man was travelling in his vehicle on the Princes Highway at Orbost en route to New South Wales when he crashed on Thursday morning at about 11 o’clock.

The 74-year-old’s vehicle left the roadway, plunged down an embankment and crashed through a fence into a paddock before colliding with a tree.

Police said the vehicle landed 250 metres off the highway. Fortunately, the driver was able to scramble up the embankment and was found on the roadside around 2pm. While shaken, he was uninjured. Police have appealed for any witnesses to this accident to contact Orbost Highway Patrol.

Later the same day, police attended another single vehicle accident at Wombat Creek, near Newmerella.

An Orbost man travelling east in a Holden Commodore on the Princes Highway had struck a large tree after his vehicle veered off the roadway.

Police would also like witnesses to this accident to come forward.

On Friday morning, a 90-year-old man accidentally accelerated, instead of braking in Salisbury Street, Orbost.

He smashed into the wall of Rosie’s Bakery at 11.30am.

Police said the bakery sustained extensive damage to the wall both externally and internally.

Road Policing Advisor, Jerry Barlow, said single vehicle accidents are a major driver of road trauma in East Gippsland.

“It’s a further reminder to drive at speeds applicable to the conditions,” Snr Sgt Barlow said.