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Drivers stung

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December 01, 2016

A recent Shepparton police Highway Patrol operation saw 93 drivers caught out for speeding and two people discovered to be drug affected.

A recent Shepparton police Highway Patrol operation saw 93 drivers caught out for speeding and two people discovered to be drug affected.

Highway Patrol Sergeant Janne Kennedy said Operation SORR — Speeding on Rural Roads — was held on October 21 and 22, November 8 and 9 and November 27 and 28 with the purpose of making our roads safer.

Sgt Kennedy said the operation was specific to Greater Shepparton and was dedicated to increasing police presence on high trauma roads. During the operation, police carried out 140 hours of radar detection, during which they recorded several offences that concerned them.

Sgt Kennedy said aside from speeding and drug-driving, three people were discovered to not be wearing seatbelts, three were unlicensed, four vehicles were unregistered, 15 defect notices were issued relating to vehicle safety, one vehicle was impounded and three drivers would be expected to make court appearances for other driving offences.

Sgt Kennedy said the results were disappointing.

‘‘Those numbers are fairly high, I think,’’ she said.

‘‘A lot of the drivers that were detected speeding stated they were unaware of the speed limit of the road, which was concerning.’’

Sgt Kennedy said it was important people did not become complacent on the road and continued to concentrate and pay attention to speed signs.

She said police did not like issuing penalty notices, especially with the Christmas season approaching, but would do so to continue to deter people from speeding and breaking other road rules.

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