POLICE might have written up over 160 tickets for various offences so far across the long weekend, but drivers have largely heeded the safety message across the western district.
The holiday message comes as Ballarat Superintendent Jenny Wilson dismissed concerns that frontline police had been transferred onto roads throughout the long weekend.
Superintendent Wilson said as of Monday afternoon, 12 drivers had so far been caught impaired driving, meaning they were either alcohol and drug affected.
"I would cautiously say for most of the population it's been positive," she said.
"Up until this afternoon, we've had about 160 offences detected but these are a whole range of things.
"Generally the community and visitors have adhered what we said and it's been positive.
"It's disappointing that people are still prepared to get in their car. There are some recidivist people that drive no regard for road rules and broader community."
Superintendent Wilson said despite the obvious police presence, this long weekend had been no different from others.
"Road policing in this division is every member responsibility, this weekend is no different to any other time," she said.
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"We have expectations that everybody who is involved in enforcement will in some way work to our road policing.
"Right now our number one priority is our road trauma. We have had over 50 per cent more fatalities this year.
"We have a responsibility in providing a sustained focus on our road policing."
Superintendent Wilson said no officer had been shifted onto road policing and that front line units were all resourced as they normal.
"But they have been asked to focus on road policing," she said. "We've seen extra members working within their units, doing some time doing road policing.
"Everybody is doing normal duties but they've been asking to spend some time on enforcement and focus on road policing.
"Crime prevention is and will always be everybody's business, but what is causing us the most harm is our road trauma."
The message certainly didn't sink in to a probationary licence driver who was pinged at more than double the blood alcohol level. It was later revealed the driver not even have a valid licence.
The driver, who should have been driving with a zero blood alcohol level given the type of licence, was caught in Bacchus Marsh at the weekend with a reading of .106.
His car was impounded.
The man has been charged with various traffic offences and will be called to court on summons to explain his actions at a later date.
A 26-year-old South Australian man with five passengers - including a young child - was caught allegedly driving 147kmh in a 110 zone in Beaufort on Monday.
He received a $604 fine and won't be allowed to drive in Victoria for six months.
Operation Regal ended at midnight on Monday night.
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