Dangerous drivers held to account in Hume

Hume police have made several arrests and issued multiple infringement notices in December as a part of a proactive operation targeting dangerous driving.

Police made nine arrests and issued 36 penalty notices as part of Operation Fireant which ran for two nights from Friday 4 December to Sunday 6 December in the Broadmeadows, Craigieburn and Sunbury areas. The nine people arrested have been charged with a range of offences, including:

• Failing to stop on police direction

• Drug possession

• Disqualified driving

• Speeding

• Careless driving

• Bail related offences

The joint operation involved Hume Crime Investigation Unit detectives, Air Wing, Dog Squad, Fawkner Highway Patrol, Taskforce Sandstone and uniform police. The investigation targeted both criminal and traffic offences in an effort to reduce road trauma.

One offender’s vehicle was impounded, and a quantity of drugs were seized. Penalty notices were issued for traffic offences including exceeding the speed limit by 35km/h, unlicensed driving and driving an unregistered vehicle.

Members of the community with information relating to offenders involved in dangerous driving are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Quotes to be attributed to Detective Inspector Melissa Sullivan

This was a collaborative approach to target not just criminal offending, but road traffic offences as well.

When a driver makes a conscious decision to ignore the direction to stop by police, it’s generally because they have been involved in risky or dangerous driving.

We know that this type of behaviour poses a real risk to the general community and to other road users, including the police officers involved.

We make no apologies for holding people who are blatantly disregarding the law and putting others in danger to account.

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