Originally written by PRUE POWELL and WAYNE DREW
HAMILTON Traffic Management police are disgusted by the blatant disregard of speed restrictions during the Easter break.
Senior Constable Ron Jones said far too many people were not just exceeding the 100 km/h restrictions, but they were exceeding by more than 20km/h.
He said that for the amount of traffic on the roads in the area, the ratio of people speeding was very high.
On Friday 19 drivers were booked for speeding, Saturday it was 23, and Sunday it was 20.
Most were around 120km/h and two had their licences suspended.
Sen Const Jones said the people who were booked were just ordinary people getting to their destinations, not younger drivers letting off a bit of youthful steam.
“This was only on the Glenelg, Hamilton and Henty highways,” Sen Const Jones said.
“I can’t understand it.
“How much advertising has to be put out there. You keep telling them, and telling them.”
Victoria police last week announced a crackdown on speeding with drivers facing fines if caught doing 3km/h over the limit (see story Page 7).
Meanwhile, Hamilton’s central business district was a hive of activity on Saturday with hundreds of people swarming the area.
Gray and Thompson Sts were flooded with people as many visitors and locals took the opportunity to wander through shops or catch up with friends.
One former Hamilton woman, who had not been in Hamilton for about 12 months, said she was amazed at the change of the landscape in the town’s CBD.
“The town’s looking good and I hope it continues to grow,” she said.
“The main street is one of the prettiest you’d see in a country town.”
Many Hamiltonians were surprised by the huge influx of people who dotted the main CBD streets on Saturday morning.
“I haven’t seen this many people in Hamilton for a quite some time,” a Hamilton man said.
“It’s like walking in Melbourne on a busy day, there’s people everywhere.”
Many people struggled to gain a parking spot, especially in the Safeway carpark, with motorists driving through the carpark several times before being lucky enough to gain a park.