Victoria has tragically seen its worst Easter long weekend on the roads since 2007 with five people losing their lives in separate collisions across the state.
Police detected more than 9000 traffic offences during the state-wide five-day road safety operation aimed at reducing road trauma.
Operation Nexus also saw more than 270 drivers return a positive result for drugs in their system, while almost 300 drivers were found to have exceeded the prescribed concentration of alcohol.
Some offences included a 15-year-old Hoppers Crossing boy allegedly returning a blood alcohol concentration reading of .104 after being pulled over by police in Altona, a Dandenong man allegedly caught driving 140km/h in an 80km/h zone along the Monash Freeway and an overloaded car impounded in Hoppers Crossing, with the backseat containing four children aged between two and 12 years old.
As part of the operation, police also intercepted 502 drivers who should not have been on the roads as a result of disqualified, suspended or unlicensed driving.
Other offences detected across the state include:
• 835 unregistered vehicles
• 280 unlicensed drivers
• 222 disqualified/suspended drivers
• 3956 speeding offences
• 346 mobile phone offences
• 443 disobey signs/signals
• 179 impounds
• 195 seatbelt offences.
Operation Nexus started at 12.01am on Thursday 1 April and concluded at 11.59pm on Monday 5 April.
Quotes attributable to Road Policing Command Acting Assistant Commissioner John Fitzpatrick
“Victoria has seen a particularly horror time on its roads with five fatalities this Easter long weekend.”
“While we know the reasons between each collision varies, the one message we have remains the same – they are all avoidable.”
“Whether the factor is speed, distraction, inattention, no seat belt, fatigue, or alcohol, road trauma can be avoided.”
“Police can’t be everywhere to enforce this careless behaviour. That is why everyone must take the responsibility for their actions, make good choices and think about how their actions might affect themselves and others.”
“The behaviour of some people, who think they can get away with doing the wrong thing all the while risking the lives of others, can only be described as idiotic and selfish.”