East Gippsland police have reported a reasonably successful Operation Scoreboard campaign.
The road traffic safety campaign, which was conducted over the AFL grand final long weekend, was aimed at reducing fatalities on Victorian roads, especially in the country.
Unit commander of the Bairnsdale Highway Patrol, Sergeant Dwayne Morrison, reported zero fatalities in East Gippsland.
A number of random preliminary breath testing stations were set up around the area, including Nowa Nowa, Lakes Entrance and Bairnsdale.
More than 1140 people were breath tested with five found to be over .05. Police maintained a visible presence on East Gippsland’s roads with driver impairment, mobile phone use and speed also a focus of the operation.
During the four-day operation, which ran from Thursday through to Sunday night, police detected 121 traffic offences.
Sgt Morrison said considering the increase in traffic driving into East Gippsland, it was “an overall good result”.
Police throughout East Gippsland reported well-behaved football crowds following Saturday’s grand final.
A number of pubs were full to watch the football on the big screens but there were no incidents.
A young woman had to be cut from her vehicle in Bairnsdale after it was T-boned in McCulloch Street late last Friday afternoon. The 21-year-old, from Montrose, was travelling north along McCulloch Street in a Toyota Yaris when she was hit by a car travelling west along Francis Street.
The driver of that vehicle, a 65-year-old man, had failed to observe the other driver through the rain.
The woman was trapped in the vehicle until she was freed by the SES and conveyed to the Bairnsdale Hospital with bruises and cuts. The male driver of a Toyota Corolla was uninjured.