Police rack up big numbers


Losers on Cup Day: Police’s ‘Operation Furlong’ has seen some keen racing enthusiasts lose more than just their betting money on cup day. Picture: Supplied

THE Melbourne Cup has been run and won – and so has the police Operation Furlong which ran over the long race weekend.

In the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula areas, Somerville Highway Patrol police breath-tested 2400 drivers and found 10 over the limit, one who refused a breath test and two driving without alcohol interlocks when required.

They drug tested 45 drivers and found 14 who were positive and three who refused the test. Seven vehicles were impounded and 48 unregistered vehicles detected. Police charged 13 unlicensed drivers, 12 disqualified drivers, and issued 97 speeding infringements.

Four drivers were fined for failing to wear seat belts, and three for using mobile phones while driving.

“By far the most impressive result for the long weekend was the fact that our areas did not have any serious injury or fatal collisions, which is a good result considering the amount of traffic on our roads over the period,” Leading Senior Constable Greg Wolfe said.

“Well done to all those that did their bit by driving, riding and walking safely – please keep it up.”

First published in the Frankston Times – 12 November 2018

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