MORE than 80 drivers statewide were caught on their phones during a police operation last month.
Police conducted Operation Spotto in November – they targeted drivers using phones and other devices.
In just two days, police caught 86 drivers using mobile phones or devices.
Fines of up to $577 and four demerit points can be applied to people caught on their phones while driving. Victoria Police road policing assistant commissioner Glenn Weir said “we’re seeing distraction contributing to far too many fatal and serious injury collisions this year, and yet in two days we’ve caught 86 people using their phones and devices while driving.”
“The most frustrating part is, when our members are speaking with offenders, they’re all well aware that what they’re doing is wrong. Driving should not be secondary to using a mobile phone or device – it requires your complete attention,” Weir said “We need people to make better choices when behind the wheel – you don’t want your distracted driving to be what causes another serious injury or fatal collision. We’ve seen far too much of that this year already.
“We’ll continue to conduct operations like Spotto to ensure those that disregard the rules and use their device while driving are penalised – we make no apologies for this.”