A PEDESTRIAN fatality at Mudgegonga on Saturday night and a reckless road user nabbed on Friday evening on the Hume Freeway have local police on high alert for the rest of the Queen’s Birthday Weekend.
Wangaratta Highway Patrol Sergeant Michael Connors said the Mudgegonga incident had seriously affected local officers and emergency service personnel while an unlicensed driver intercepted by police exceeding the speed limit while texting at the wheel, exceeding the blood alcohol limit and testing positive for drugs, simply frustrated them.
“The Mudgegonga incident really hurts us; it’s a very sad set of circumstances,” Sgt Connors said.
“It’s a reminder to others that if you are at an event with a friend and they’ve had a drink or two, you have to try and look after them.
“There has been a massive influx in the area for the long weekend, from Rutherglen to the King Valley and generally road behaviour has been good but we can’t rest.
“We will continue to be out there on the main roads and the back roads right up until midnight tonight.”
He said the extra police units from Melbourne would continue so locals should still see a highly visible police presence in the region until tomorrow.
He described the speeding, unlicensed driver’s behaviour as “absolute stupidity”.
On Friday night at 9pm a 52 year old male driver from Wodonga was detected travelling south near Glenrowan at 124kph, swerving in an out of his lane.
“When police intercepted him they discovered him texting on his phone,” Sgt Connors said.
“They also discovered he had a suspended licence and then he tested positive for an alcohol breath test and taken to the station where he registered .068.
“He also underwent an oral drug test and registered positive for methylamphetamine and cannabis.
“You could say he hit the jackpot.”