Road operation over cup week

Directing traffic: Acting Sergeant Raj Harma from Somerville Highway Patrol at a breath testing site on Nepean Highway, Frankston. Picture: Supplied

FRANKSTON and Carrum Downs police helped to implement a five day road safety operation last week.

The operation ran from 1 November to 5 November. Statewide, 10,900 traffic offences and 925 criminal offences were detected.

4200 were caught speeding, 662 on their phones, over 1000 were caught driving in unregistered cars, and just under 400 were found to be driving unlicensed.

250 drink drivers and 271 drug drivers were caught by police over a five day period.

Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane said “we shouldn’t have to remind people of the dangers of drink and drug driving, not wearing seatbelts, of using your phone while driving, yet here we are again seeing people blatantly disregarding the law.”

“Operation Furlong may now be over but enforcement doesn’t stop; until the message sinks in, our officers will continue breath and drug testing drivers and speed-checking vehicles to keep our roads safe,” he said.

“Sadly, two people also lost their lives during the operation in separate incidents in Moorooduc and Werribee South. Our thoughts go out to those families at what will undoubtedly be a difficult time and unfortunately one they will associate with the Melbourne Cup for years to come.

“No one deserves to lose a loved one in these circumstances and we need everyone to play their part in keeping our roads safe.”

First published in the Frankston Times – 11 November 2019

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