Motorbike riders in focus as part of police operation

A PACKED car with an unrestrained 12-month-old child in the rear footwell has been intercepted during the last day of a traffic operation.

Police pulled over the vehicle, which had six family members in the five-seat car, on the Great Alpine Road on Sunday.

It came at the end of an operation funded by the Transport Accident Commission which started in February.

Police, who had focused on motorbike riders in high-risk areas, caught eight drug drivers from 26 tests.

They nabbed 119 speeding motorist, along with four banned or unlicensed drivers or riders.

Acting Sergeant Patrick Murray said weekends were dangerous for motorbike riders, especially in Alpine areas, which is where officers focused their attention. 

“It’s a combination of high-visibility and covert work and we like to think it acts as a deterrent,” he said.