Low fi­nal tally for Op­er­a­tion Score­board

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS/PEOPLE - By JAR­RAH LOH

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.

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