Lead-foot drivers were stopped in their tracks across Wyndham during the Australia Day long weekend in a targeted statewide road policing operation.
Operation Amity, which ran between January 25-28 to curb irresponsible driving over the long weekend, detected 256 offences on Wyndham’s roads, including 48 speeding offences.
Road Policing Command Acting Assistant Commissioner Glenn Weir said the statewide results were incredibly disappointing for Victoria Police.
“Over the long weekend we saw far too many people making dangerous and illegal choices by getting behind the wheel when they were either drug or alcohol affected,” he said.
“One in every 10 drivers tested furnished a positive result for drugs while 254 drink drivers were caught after more than 106,040 drivers were tested.”
Wyndham was one of six areas earmarked as a priority for the operation due to a history of collisions, injuries and volume of trauma.
Police also uncovered 58 unlicensed or disqualifed drivers behind the wheel, 14 drink drivers, 22 drivers disobeying traffic signals and seven people using their mobile phone while behind the wheel.
Thirty-eight cars on the road were found to be unregistered and 19 cars were impounded as part of the operation.