Low final tally for Operation Scoreboard
VICTORIA Police removed an average of 65 drink drivers and 40 drug drivers a day from our roads during a four day road safety blitz over grand final weekend deemed Operation Scoreboard.
While the Tigers were celebrating their victory, over 7000 Victorians were spoken to by police in relation to traffic offences and more than 750 in relation to crime offences.
But locally, punters proved to be much better behaved.
“We traditionally get a lot of drink driving over the grand final weekend, but I am happy to say that the Mansfield area was very quiet and we didn’t have any collisions over the weekend,” said Sergeant Marty McLachlan.
There were 350 breath tests conducted in the area but no one was charged with drink driving.
Though, there was one local detected with drugs in their system.
There was also only one person who lost their licence over t he peri od, who was caught doing 127km/ h i n a 100km/h zone.
And there were two suspended drivers caught out.
One local man was pulled over for unlicensed driving and also failed an oral test, and due to outstanding orders along the same lines, he was remanded in custody.
“To get only one licence loss over a long weekend period is a pretty positive indica- tor,” said Sergeant McLachlan.
“Overall, for a long weekend, behaviour was fantastic and we were very happy.”
The high statistic that came out of the weekend was failure to wear seat belts, which usually has a high level of compliance due to modern cars having alert systems.
“We also saw a high level of people using mobile phones, which is an increasing trend,” said Sergeant McLachlan.
Not only were local police disappointed in these results, but state police saw nearly 400 motorists fined for using their phones and over 230 not wearing seatbelts.
Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer said it is disheartening that many motorists still don’t adhere to some very basic road rules.
“Year in, year out we still see very similar results whereby a core group of motorists think they can flout the law,” AC Fryer said.
“I know that motorists still try to get away with using their mobiles but the very basics of not wearing your seatbelt, I just don’t understand it.”
General offences detected during the operation across the state include:
184 disqualified/suspended drivers; 291 unlicensed drivers; 684 unregistered vehicles; 2253 speeding offences; 395 mobile phone offences; 549 disobey signs/signals; 68 vehicle impounds; and 232 seat belt offences. “I’m grateful to all our members who worked over the weekend with an increased focus on road safety and I’m also pleased with the many Victorians who considered their safety on the roads in what was a wonderful weekend not only for Victoria but for all Tigers supporters,” AC Fryer said.
Operation Scoreboard ran state-wide from 12.01am Thursday, September 28 to 11:59pm Sunday, October 1.
GRAND FINAL BLITZ: Police were out in force over the long weekend.