Police targeting poor driver behaviour in high-risk areas around Bendigo have detected more than 750 offences in the first four days of Operation Super Ardent.
Of the 758 offences detected, 428 drivers were caught speeding between Friday, July 13 and Monday, July 16.
Of those 428 drivers, 25 were detected travelling 25 km/h or more over the speed limit and, as part of the operation; members from the State Highway Patrol and local police impounded one vehicle and detected four disqualified and/or suspended drivers, nine unlicensed drivers, 36 unregistered drivers, 13 seat belt offences and 78 mobile phone offences
Three drug driving offences and one drink driving offence were detected from the 929 vehicles checked and 944 preliminary breath tests conducted.
State Highway Patrol Inspector David Griffin said Operation Super Ardent would see large numbers of local and state resources continue a strong presence in Central Victoria over the next five weeks, cracking down on unsafe driving and disregard for road rules.
“We have the ability to move our resources to any area across the State which has been identified as high risk in relation to road trauma,” Inspector Griffin said.
“At the end of the day, we want to save lives and operations like Super Ardent will help us achieve that goal.”
Operation Ardent was introduced in 2009 to deliver a high impact road policing presence in high risk Police Service Areas. Operation Super Ardent signifies a larger than ever police presence in the identified areas with the intention of significantly reducing road trauma and intercepting traffic offenders.