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Fatality-free Easter

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April 04, 2018

Police were out and about throughout the Easter long weekend as part of Operation Nexus.

Close to 100 traffic offences were detected across the Easter long weekend.

Shepparton Highway Patrol Sergeant Janne Kennedy said there was a mixture of positivity and negativity about the results.

‘‘We were fortunate that we didn’t have any serious road trauma in Greater Shepparton,’’ she said.

‘‘The negative was that more the 90 offences were detected.’’

Sgt Kennedy said committing traffic offences increased the risk of road trauma.

‘‘A large majority were speeding, between 10 and 25km/h over the speed limit, so it wasn’t just low level speeding,’’ she said.

‘‘But we were thankful there was no serious injuries on our roads, the first time in years.’’

One off-road motorcycle incident occurred during the long weekend, with the male victim taken to Goulburn Valley Hospital with pelvic injuries.

In Greater Shepparton, more than 90 traffic offences were detected, including 16 unregistered motor vehicles and 17 unlicensed or suspended drivers.

‘‘A handful of drivers exceeded the prescribed blood alcohol limit and two drivers had their vehicles impounded,’’ Sgt Kennedy said.

‘‘One day local police conducted more than 800 tests on drivers.’’

Across Victoria, more than 550 drink and drug drivers were caught in the five days of Operation Nexus.

Disappointingly a further 4119 motorists were also nabbed speeding and 352 people were detected using their mobile phones.

Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer said it was disappointing that motorists still chose to do the wrong thing when behind the wheel.

‘‘Sadly a motorcycle rider died on our roads on Saturday afternoon in Marysville after his motorcycle and a car collided just before 3pm,’’ he said.

‘‘While three people lost their lives over last year’s last Easter weekend, we find no respite in hearing about the death of this rider’s life as we aim for zero.’’

Operation Nexus ran from 12.01am on Thursday, March 29 until 11.59pm on Monday, April 2.

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