Benalla Police fine 31 distracted drivers

By Simon Ruppert

Benalla Highway Patrol officers fined 31 people as part of Operation Hands Free part two in Winton this month.

The second operation took place on Friday, March 20, again on the Hume Fwy near Winton.

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This time 31 mobile phone offences were detected, eight of those were heavy vehicles and six p-platers.

With a detection rate of one every 10 minutes, it is apparent the message is not getting through.

Drivers were issued penalties of $496 and four demerit points.

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Hands Free part one was conducted in February with more than 23 penalty notices issued for hand-held mobile phone use while driving between the hours of 7.30 am and 1 pm.

Benalla Highway Patrol continues to target distracted drivers to reduce road trauma and will have a highly visible police presence during the Easter period and Operation Nexus.