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Operations Hamilton and Furious underway on Hume Freeway

A joint venture between Victoria and NSW Police will cover 600km of the Hume Freeway, as the road toll continues to rise  

A major road policing operation dubbed ‘Operation Hamilton’ is currently taking place on Victoria’s Hume Freeway between Melbourne and Wodonga in an effort to reduce road trauma. 

The operation is running in conjunction with New South Wales Police’s Operation Furious, which is taking place over the border between Albury and Sydney. 

2023 recorded 25 fatal collisions in the Wangaratta and Wodonga region– 10 more than the previous year – on the freeway, along with 187 serious injury collisions, which was an increase of 10 per cent on the previous year. 

Of these, roughly 20 per cent occurred on or close to the Hume Freeway. 

Along with random alcohol and drug testing and the enforcing of speed limits, truck drivers will be subjected to compliance checks. 

The operation commenced at 12:01am on Monday June 17 and will run until 11:59pm on Thursday June 20. 

Victorian road policing assistant commissioner Glenn Weir implores users of the Hume Freeway to continue to follow the road laws. 

“As one of the state’s major roads, the Hume Freeway experiences a significant amount of road trauma and we’re doing everything we can to prevent this,” Weir says. 

“Motorists travelling on this major route between Melbourne and Sydney should expect to see police highly visible and enforcing on both sides of the border. 

“We’re asking all motorists to take extra care when travelling on the Hume – stick to the speed limits, be mindful of sharing the road with other road users and manage fatigue by taking regular breaks on longer trips. 

“We need to keep all road users accountable, so we won’t hesitate to penalise you if you’re caught breaking road rules.” 

Last time Operation Hamilton was implemented over a four-day period, highway patrol intercepted 200 vehicles and detected 35 speeding offences, seven unregistered vehicles, three unlicenced drivers, impounded seven vehicles and issued seven defect notices. 

This joint venture between the state policing bodies will cover over 600km of the Hume Freeway. 

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