Shepparton police are seething after 50 drink drivers were intercepted recently during Operation Owl.By Kaitlin Thals
A drunk driver clocked at 130
Shepparton’s top highway officer Jeffrey Kyne said the results of this week’s road safety operation were ‘‘horrendous’’.
Sgt Kyne said on Friday night last week police intercepted 50 drivers with 10 of those tested for drugs.
After a secondary test two people tested positive for drugs, and their penalties would be known once forensics tests were returned from Melbourne.
‘‘One in five is what it’s telling us, which is horrendous,’’ Sgt Kyne said.
‘‘People need to look at themselves and act more responsibly. Alcohol makes us take risks, and not always good ones.
‘‘The alcohol and drug message has been out there for a long time now, and as we can see it’s not just young people, it’s older drivers as well.’’
During last weekend’s operation, Sgt Kyne said a 22-year-old Shepparton man was intercepted last Saturday at Thompson St, Shepparton about 2
He said the probationary driver should have recorded zero. The man was issued with an infringement notice for $600 and his licence cancelled for 13 months.
Soon after, police stopped a 33-year-old Shepparton man on St George’s Rd about 4
Sgt Kyne said the man was issued with an infringement notice and his licence suspended for 10 months.
On Sunday, a 71-year-old Shepparton East man was detected by police travelling at 131
The man was intercepted on Goulburn Valley Fwy, Arcadia and returned a positive preliminary breath test, after a secondary test at the police station he registered 0.115.
Sgnt Kyne said police intercepted a 30-year-old Murchison man on Monday about 9.50
He registered a blood alcohol reading of 0.237 — almost five times the legal limit.
Sgt Kyne warned road users that ‘Operation Owl’ may strike again soon.
‘‘It shows that highway patrol don’t just work in daylight hours, and I think we can safely say you might find more ‘Operation Owls’ happening in the future,’’ he said.
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