Ballarat breakfast report: March 14

WEATHER

Today looks like being the last day of nice weather for a while. 

We are expected to have a mostly sunny afternoon climbing to a top of 27 degrees. 

However, the weekend isn't looking so flash with a top  of 26 degrees for Saturday with a combination of wind and showers making for a less than enjoyable afternoon and evening. 

On Sunday the temperatures will drop even further, to a  predicted 15 degrees.  

POLICE

Police reported a quiet night with nothing of interest to report. 

However, police are warning Ballarat residents of the risk of using their mobile phones while driving after a special police operation in Melbourne focusing on driver distraction resulted in more than  45 mobile phone offences being detected.  

Operation MADEIT (Mobiles and Driving Equal Injury Trauma) was ran in Collingwood.

Motorists were stopped for a variety of offences including talking on phone, texting, holding a phone and using their apps while driving. 

Another driver was interviewed for careless driving as she slowed to write a note on her steering wheel telling her that police were targeting mobile phones ahead. 

One of the drivers intercepted for texting drove past seven police officers dressed in high visibility gear at approximately 5 km/ph.

Motorists were warned they can expect to see further operations in the near future. 

FIRE

Ballarat fire crews only attended the one incident overnight, which was an illegal burn-off in Wendouree.

Ballarat City Fire Brigade senior station officer Mark Owen reminded residents that fire restrictions were still in place and they can not be burning off in their backyards. 

Mr Owen also said four more firefighters were heading off to the Hazlewood mine fire tonight. 

"We will be cooling down the hot spots," he said. 

"The fire is contained but there are still a few active spots."

There are already eight Ballarat firefighters at the blaze.

AMBULANCE 

Nothing of interest to report from paramedics overnight.

TRAINS

Trains services look to be running on time so far this morning according to the V/Line website

ON THE AGENDA

Today The Courier will be looking at how Central Highlands Water test the quality of the water we drink. 

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