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Police target Shepparton drug drivers

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November 30, 2017

The heat was on for drivers in Greater Shepparton after police nabbed 89 motorists for drug driving in just three weeks.

Phase one of Operation Fahrenheit ran in Shepparton from 10-27 November in a bid to reduce serious injury and fatalities on Victorian roads as a result of drug-affected drivers.

In the three-week period, a total of 89 people were detected by State Highway Patrol officers with drugs in their system.

Two motorists were caught drink-driving.

Police also detected:

- 17 disqualified/suspended drivers

- 26 unlicensed drivers

- 27 seatbelt offences

- 23 mobile phone offences

- 127 speeding offences

State Highway Patrol Inspector John Cormack said it was concerning that police were still detecting such levels of impairment across the state.

“Unfortunately country road users are at higher risk of being involved in a fatal or serious collision and when you add impairment and/or speed to the mix, the risks are even higher,” Insp Cormack said.

“Family and friends also have a role to play in preventing those who we know are impaired from getting behind the wheel.”

The operation, conducted with the support of the Transport Accident Commission, will continue being rolled out over an extended period across various rural areas to target driver impairment and speed, and ultimately reduce those risks.

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