Police detected more than 300 driving offences in Shepparton, of which 22 were drug or alcohol-related, between December 15 and January 7.
Highway Patrol Eastern Region Division Three Acting Senior Sergeant David Gillespie said the majority of offences detected were speed related, but seatbelt and mobile phone offences continued to rise.
‘‘Unfortunately, we had one fatality on our roads in Shepparton during Operation Roadwise, that was on December 18,’’ he said.
‘‘Across the Eastern Region Division Three, we had four people die on our roads.
‘‘Poor people who were killed on our roads and are not going to be able to spend this period, next year, with their family.’’
Sen Sgt Gillespie said close to 6000 people were breath tested in Shepparton, with more than 21000 across north-east Victoria.
‘‘Divisionally, we detected 1366 offences in total of which 61 of them were drink and drug driving,’’ he said.
‘‘Although the operation has finished we’re pleading with motorists to be mindful of driver behaviour on our roads.
‘‘We want the community to help us achieve zero road deaths, road to zero.’’
Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer described the statistics as ‘‘nothing short of tragic’’.
‘‘These tragic deaths coupled with the results of our Roadwise Operation are very concerning to police,’’ he said.
‘‘Police are out doing our part to enforce the law but I must implore the community to do the right thing in the first place.
‘‘We had over 250 people die on our roads last year, I don’t want to see a repeat of that in 2018.’’
Victoria Police Operation Amity kicks off ahead of the Australia Day long weekend and Sen Sgt Gillespie said police would again focus on road policing.
‘‘We’ll be out in force again, so think of us before you drive,’’ he said.