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Speed and drug drivers intercepted in Latrobe

Already dealing with storms and difficult driving conditions, Latrobe Highway Patrol officers were left frustrated by a number of road users adding further risk to the safety of others on Friday night.

Police intercepted a Mazda Proton after it was allegedly detected travelling at 139km/h in an 80 zone along John Field Drive in Newborough about 7.20pm.

The 23-year-old Newborough male had his vehicle impounded for 30 days at a cost of $1143.

Shortly after finishing with the impound, the same crew intercepted an unregistered vehicle on Narracan Drive.

The driver, a 31-year-old Newborough woman, returned a positive preliminary oral fluid test for methamphetamine.

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Two other male drivers, a 25-year-old from Morwell and a 29-year-old on his probationary licence, were also intercepted by Latrobe Highway Patrol officers throughout the night and returned positive results for methamphetamine.

The outcome for all three alleged drug drivers will be determined following toxicology results.

The intercepts form part of Operation Roadwise, a state-wide road safety operation focusing on enforcement and improving driver behaviour.

During this time there will be an increased focus by police on the main causes of fatalities and serious injuries which include; excessive speed, driver distraction, seatbelt non-compliance, fatigue and drink and drug drivers.

Operation Roadwise is on now and runs until 23.59 on 6 January 2019.

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