POLICE have praised south-west drivers for good behaviour on the road over the Labour Day long weekend.
Nanjing Night Net

With thousands of drivers from around the state converging on the district for the Port Fairy Folk Festival, highway patrols from Warrnambool, Hamilton and Portland spent Friday in the town for Operation Safe South-West, with roadblocks at Regent and Griffith streets.

Just four drivers in Warrnambool and Port Fairy were penalised for drink-driving over the weekend, while Friday’s blitz carried out 289 vehicle checks and breath tests, resulting in 33 penalty notices for various offences.

Warrnambool highway patrol unit officer-in-charge Sergeant Gary Bryant said fines were issued for 15 unroadworthy vehicles, an unregistered trailer, two unregistered vehicles, three drivers caught speeding, three not wearing seatbelts, three using phones while driving, one crossing double lines, an unsafe U-turn and two parking tickets.

“For one night, that’s quite pleasing, particularly with speed,” he said.

“We’d normally get a lot more speeders than that.

“We had no drink-drivers picked up on that night.

“I think for the amount of people in Port Fairy it was quite a good result.”

Acting Sergeant John Lee, from Colac highway patrol, said there had been an influx of traffic through the town over the long weekend as campers made their way to Port Fairy.

“We’ve had no serious accidents or serious incidents at Colac,” he said. “For the amount of traffic we’ve had it’s been good so far.”

Cliff McAliece, from Driver Reviver’s Colac west site, said more than 180 drivers had stopped by in three hours yesterday afternoon.

“It’s been rather hectic … but we’re still coping,” he said.

“Drivers are doing the right thing in stopping and it’s good news to see so many stopping.”

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