POLICE detected nearly 5000 traffic offences over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
More police patrolled roads over the weekend as part of Operation Regal. A statement from Victoria Police read that 4780 traffic offences and 431 criminal offences occurred.
Nearly 2000 drivers were caught speeding, and 170 motorists were detected with alcohol in their system.
Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Road Policing Libby Murphy said “whether speed, distraction, disobeying road rules, not wearing a seatbelt, fatigue or impairment from alcohol or drugs is at play, road trauma can be avoided. We cannot be complacent when driving. Everyone must take responsibility for their actions on our roads”
“As restrictions continue to ease across Victoria, we will see more motorists returning to our roads. We are urging you to please slow down, consider other road users and don’t take unnecessary and irresponsible risks. We want everyone to return home safely. Police will continue to be highly visible and enforcing on Victorian roads over the coming weeks as restrictions ease and the July Victorian school holiday period commences.
“Sadly, we have seen one life lost over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend – a 56-year-old male passenger who died as a result of a fatal collision with a vehicle attempting to overtake in Moorooduc. While this is the lowest number of fatalities seen over a Queen’s Birthday weekend since 2017, one life lost on our roads is still too many.”