Driver inattention a major target of Operation Crossroads

INATTENTION on the roads is a major focus of Operation Crossroads, according to Ballarat Highway Patrol Senior Sergeant Pat Cleary.

The 12-day police operation began on Sunday, December 3 and will finish on Thursday.

Only two drink drivers have so far been intercepted during Operation Crossroads but Senior Sergeant Cleary said failing to concentrate while driving was also very dangerous.

“It’s things like following too closely and using phones while driving that cause problems at this time,” Senior Sergeant Cleary said.

“Operation Crossroads is all about encouraging people to be aware of their behaviour behind the wheel.

“We are telling drivers to be careful, remain patient and show consideration for other road users.”

Senior Sergeant Cleary said drink driving, speeding, drug driving and fatigue were also a focus of the operation.

“By far the majority of people abide by the rules but it’s the minority that don’t that remain in our sights.”

On Sunday, December 23 two men were caught drink driving in Ballarat within an hour of each other.

A 28-year-old Sebastopol man recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.146 in Bell Street, Redan at 12.20am and was charged on summons to appear in Ballarat Magistrates Court at a later date.

Forty minutes later, a 23-year-old Queensland man was pulled over and blew 0.177 in Sturt Street. 

He will also be charged on summons after blowing more than three times the legal limit.

fiona.henderson@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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