Still room for improvement

February 01, 2018

Police at the crash scene in Archer Rd, Kialla, which left two men with serious injuries on the Australia Day weekend.

Shepparton police were satisfied with driving behaviour during the Australia Day long weekend, with less than 50 offences detected.

But Shepparton Highway Patrol Sergeant Janne Kennedy said there was always room for improvement.

‘‘We can always improve ... on day one we had a serious injury collision on Archer (Rd) which was not a good way to start,’’ she said.

Two Shepparton men received serious injuries following the single-car collision on January 25.

The driver of the vehicle, a man in his 30s, suffered head and chest injuries and was airlifted to a hospital in Melbourne in a serious condition.

His passenger was taken to Goulburn Valley Health with serious chest injuries.

The four-day operation, Operation Amity, began on Thursday and concluded at midnight on Sunday — with seven collisions reported in Greater Shepparton.

‘‘A number of them were avoidable had the drivers being driving responsibly,’’ Sgt Kennedy said.

‘‘Last year we had a fatal in Tatura (during the weekend) and we were relieved that we didn’t have another this year.

‘‘But we’re still concerned by the amount of trauma we did have.’’

Of the offences detected in Shepparton, the most damning were 18 speeding offences, seven unlicensed drivers and five unregistered motor vehicles.

More than 6300 traffic offences and more than 740 crime offences were detected across Victoria during the long weekend.

There were also three deaths on regional Victorian roads during this time.

‘‘Sadly, three families are now mourning the loss of a loved one due to fatalities on our roads,’’ Road Policing Command Acting Assistant Commissioner Glenn Weir said.

‘‘One in every 10 drivers tested furnished a positive result for drugs while 254 drink drivers were caught.

‘‘We saw far too many people making dangerous and illegal choices by getting behind the wheel when they were either drug or alcohol affected.’’

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