Shepparton police and the local Sheriff’s office checked 350 cars during a five-hour operation on the Midland Hwy yesterday.By Riahn Smith
More than $50
Shepparton police, together with the local Sheriff’s office, checked 350 cars during the five-hour operation on the Midland Hwy for unroadworthy or unregistered vehicles and unlicensed drivers.
They also checked for outstanding warrants and fines.
Victorian Sheriff Brendan Facey said 24 people were identified with 132 outstanding warrants worth $50
He said wheel clamps were applied to two cars and seven drivers were given notices for suspension of their licences unless they resolved their matters within a week.
‘‘We are seeing too many people find themselves in financial trouble because they simply ignore speeding or parking fines,’’ he said.
‘‘The best result for everyone concerned is if people pay their fines when they get them, we don’t want to have to seize property, clamp cars or suspend drivers licences.’’
Shepparton police Sergeant David Gillespie said officers detected 15 unroadworthy cars and issued one penalty notice of $361 for driving an unsafe motor vehicle and one of $722 for unlicensed driving.
He said most of the unroadworthy defects related to tyre wear.
‘‘It was good to see that a lot of cars were registered and that the majority of drivers held current licences,’’ he said.
‘‘However, it’s still concerning, and something that needs to be addressed, that the drivers spoken to weren’t aware of the faults and the safety issues relating to their cars.’’
Sgt Gillespie said it was pleasing no person tested positive to alcohol or drugs.
He urged drivers to think about road safety before getting behind the wheel of a car.
‘‘(Motorists need) to ensure their licences are current, their registrations are current and that they’re not under the influence of drugs or alcohol while they’re driving,’’ he said.
‘‘If they haven’t got any of them, they’re not safe or fit to be on the road (and) we will check you and we will find you if you’re not being safe.’’
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