One blew .209 but police happy with Easter traffic

By Ivy Jensen

POLICE issued almost 60 traffic-related fines across the Echuca district over the Easter long weekend.

They included one drug driver who tested positive to ice in Rochester on Good Friday.

But it did not include a drunk driver who blew three times the legal limit in Echuca last Wednesday, the day before the Easter police operation began.

As part of Operation Nexus, nearly 1000 preliminary breath tests were carried out across Campaspe Shire between Thursday and Monday.

‘‘There were no exceed PCAs (prescribed concentration of alcohol) during this period so that was a good result,’’ Sergeant Paul Nicoll of Campaspe Highway Patrol said.

However, a 40-year-old Geelong man will be issued with a court summons after a small collision in Sturt St about 8.15pm on Wednesday.

A breath test revealed a blood alcohol concentration of 0.209 and his licence was immediately suspended.

About noon on Friday, a 40-year-old Echuca woman tested positive to methamphetamine in Rochester.

The test has been sent away for analysis.

Police also fined a woman after a collision in Kyabram on Sunday.

The 48-year-old Mildura woman failed to give way to another vehicle at the intersection of McEwen and Everard roads at 12.43pm.

The woman and her passenger — a 72-year-old Kyabram man — suffered minor injuries and were taken to Shepparton hospital.

Sgt Nicoll said another 57 infringement notices were issued for speeding, seatbelt and distraction offences.

‘‘There were no significant speeds because no cars were impounded,’’ he said.

‘‘It was a really good weekend for the area. With the road toll being so high, it’s a good result.’’

Across the bridge, the result was even better with 275 breath tests carried out and no offences detected.

‘‘People appeared to be patient and driving to the conditions,’’ Murray River Police District Inspector Paul Huggett said.

At Mathoura, a semi-trailer was grounded after a collision on the Cobb Hwy on Sunday.

Insp. Huggett said a 47-year-old Ballarat man was driving north when he momentarily lost concentration at 10.30am.

‘‘The truck drifted off the western side and collided with a large tree and has gone through a fence and came to rest in a paddock,’’ he said.

The man was not injured but was issued with a major defect notice for damage to the cabin and is expected to be charged with negligent driving.