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Police patrol

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Time for a reset POLICE Operation Reset held over the weekend was aimed at encouraging drivers on the Mornington Peninsula to reset their attitudes towards road safety. This is part of an effort to reduce the unexpectedly high number of lives being lost on our roads. Southern Metro Region Acting Commander Tony Silva said Operation Reset provided a “highly visible presence of police with a particular focus on known road trauma locations”. “We are incredibly saddened by how many lives have already been lost in Victoria’s south east this year, with 24 people not returning home to their families,” he said. This is double the number of lives lost at this time last year. Acting Commander Silva said “something needs to change to address the ever increasing number of people losing their lives on our roads in the south east.” “We are seeing reckless speed, failure to give way and impaired driving as they key contributing factors to fatal collisions in the south east,” he said. “Not arriving at your destination isn’t worth the five minutes you gain from speeding or not driving to the conditions.” Police made sure they had a visible presence on the highways, backstreets and off-road locations to ensure motorists thought twice about their behaviour. “Every time a motorist sees police on the road it is a reminder to follow the road rules.”

Viral vandal caught A WOMAN has been charged after allegedly vandalising a number of properties in the Frankston CBD.

FIRST Constable Nicole Dalzotto administers a breath test as part of Operation Reset

Police allege the women graffitied properties between 29 and 30 July. The alleged graffiti messages were shared widely on social media last week. She was arrested on 31 July and charged with criminal damage, wilful damage, mark graffiti and commit indictable offence whilst on bail. She was bailed to appear at the Frankston Magistrates’ Court on 13 December.

Not wasting time THE partner of a man who allegedly blew more than three times the legal limit blasted police for “wasting our time”. Somerville Highway Patrol members pulled over the 51-year-old Skye man in McClelland Drive, 9.15pm, Wednesday 31 July. After blowing positive he was asked to return to Carrum Downs police station for an evidential breath test. There a woman “became abusive towards the testing officer, setting a poor example for the young teenage girl in the back seat”, Senior Constable Greg Wolfe said. The man blew 0.159 per cent – or more than three times the limit – and had his licence immediately suspended. When they were

leaving the station the woman “again started swearing and abusing the processing officer in the company of the teenage girl”. Senior Constable Wolfe said her philosophy “appeared to be that police were wasting their time doing this to them, and should be out catching criminals instead”. “The officer rightly pointed out that the highway patrol was specifically tasked to reduce road trauma, and that removing her drunk driver from the road was helping do just that. “He also suggested she take a tour of the trauma ward of a major hospital to see the results of what could happen as a result of drinkdriving.” The man’s new company car with only 300 kilometres on the speedo was impounded. He will be summonsed to appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court at a later date.

Pedestrian dead A WOMAN has died after being struck by a vehicle in Skye, 29 July. Emergency services attended the intersection of McCormick’s Road and Ballarto Road at around 6pm. A woman, believed to be in her 80s, died at the scene. Police had not determined the exact cause of the collision as of 29 July. A man is assisting police with their enquiries. The death takes the state’s road toll up to 173 in 2019. Anyone who witnessed the collision or anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Reward for good drivers YOUNG drivers behaving well on the roads will be rewarded by highway patrol officers under the Drive Safe Frankston initiative. As part of the program, police will hand out

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A MAN who allegedly twice rammed police patrol cars spent the night under guard in Frankston Hospital before fronting Frankston Magistrates’ Court last week. Police cornered the 21-year-old around 1.30am, Thursday 1 August, in a Moorooduc Highway service road near Humphries Road, Frankston South. They said he deliberately reversed the stolen car he was driving into them and attempted to run off but was caught after a brief chase. Police searched the vehicle and allegedly found a quantity of knives and stolen number plates. They said the man had earlier rammed a police car in Frankston South and attempted to ram two others in Mornington and Hastings earlier in the night. No police were injured in the incidents. The man, of no fixed address, was interviewed by Frankston CIU detectives on Thursday morning and on Friday was sent to Melbourne Magistrates’ Court for a filing hearing. He is facing 25 charges – most relating to the alleged ramming incidents – as well as theft of a car, three of theft from cars, unlicensed driving, reckless conduct endangering life, dangerous driving, possessing methylamphetamine, resisting arrest, breaching bail, intentionally ramming police, and dangerous driving.

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