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Operation was "concerning" Victoria Police say

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November 11, 2017

Road police operation Furlong wrapped up at midnight Tuesday, with police breath testing more than 6000 drivers in the Goulburn Valley, during a five-day period.

In the Shepparton police service area, 103 offences were detected including seven for drivers caught with drugs or alcohol in their system.

‘‘The majority of offences detected were related to speed, people driving between 10km/h and 25km/h above the speed limit,’’ Eastern Region Division 3 Highway Patrol Acting Senior Sergeant David Gillespie said.

‘‘At these speeds, if something small were to go wrong, the consequences of that could be absolutely tragic.’’

But the most concerning thing of all was the death of a Euroa man, 19, and a Broadford woman, 64, Acting Sgt Gillespie said.

‘‘Someone’s wife, brother, sister, or friend was killed and they won’t come home, which is incredibly traumatic for not just the family but for the tight-knit communities,’’ he said.

‘‘This is what happened ... two people won’t see Christmas times with their families sadly.’’

Acting Sgt Gillespie said the numbers of offences committed during the operation was ‘‘concerning’’ given the emphasis of being safe.

‘‘We urge people to be safe on our roads because the consequences are forever,’’ he said.

‘‘The summer season is now here and it’s not far off until Christmas so there will be a lot of people getting around on the roads ... be mindful, plan your trip and be patient.’’

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