More than 360 impaired and speeding drivers nabbed by Somerville Highway Patrol

In the past four months alone, Somerville Highway Patrol have detected almost 420 traffic offences across the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region.

Since 6 March, police have detected 176 drink and 61 drug drivers, while a further 125 drivers have been charged for excessive speed.

A further 93 offences were also detected including:

– 19 unregistered vehicles

– 5 unlicensed drivers

– 4 disqualified, suspended, or cancelled licenses

– 3 mobile phone offences

On 4 May, a 19-year-old Cranbourne man travelling east on Thompsons Road, Lyndhurst was allegedly detected travelling at 163km/h in a 90km/h zone. The man’s vehicle was immediately impounded for 30 days.

He was charged with driving at excessive speed, learner driving unaccompanied and will appear before the Frankston Magistrates Court at a later date.

On 21 June around 12.00pm, a 45-year-old Frankston North man was stopped by police at a drug and alcohol testing site on Skye Road, Frankston. After returning a positive preliminary breath test, the man was taken to the Carrum Downs Police Station where he returned a positive reading of .223 – almost five times the legal limit.

The 45-year-old’s license was immediately suspended for 12 months, and he will appear before the Frankston Magistrates at a later date.

On 26 June, a 24-year-old Cowes woman travelling south-east on Mornington Tyabb Road, Mornington was allegedly detected travelling at 131km/h in a 70km/h zone. The woman’s vehicle was immediately impounded for 30 days.

She was charged with driving at excessive speed and will appear before the Frankston Magistrates court at a later date

With school holidays underway, police are reminding all road users to take care when behind the wheel with more cars on the road and worse weather throughout the winter months.

Somerville Highway Patrol will be conducting regular, proactive patrols of main and rural roads on the lookout for suspicious and reckless driver behaviour.

Quotes attributed to Acting Inspector Melissa Nixon:

“In the past four months, we have caught far too many people putting themselves and others at severe risk on local roads.

“Everyone deserves to arrive at their destination alive. Far too often, police attend the scene of a road accident that could have been avoided if drivers had made better choices behind the wheel.

“With the school holidays well and truly underway and increased traffic on the road, we are pleading with drivers to slow down, be patient and plan ahead.”

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