Operation Compass continues this week as thousands nabbed over Easter

Almost 8000 offences were detected in the first five days of Victoria Police’s Operation Compass road safety effort.

The statewide road policing operation commenced on Thursday 13 April and continued across the Easter long weekend, historically a high-risk period on Victorian roads.

Despite significant amounts of holiday traffic causing delays across the state’s roads, more than a third of infringements issued were for speeding offences.

Alarmingly, one in every 326 motorists was caught drink driving, with police conducting 101,917 preliminary breath tests over the operation’s first five days.

Police detected 579 unauthorised drivers for being disqualified and unlicenced, and a further 837 for driving unregistered vehicles.

The total 7783 offences detected during the first five days of Operation Compass included:

• 2948 speeding offences

• 837 unregistered vehicles

• 579 disqualified/suspended and unlicenced drivers

• 378 disobey signs/signals

• 313 drink driving offences from 101,917 preliminary breath tests

• 261 mobile phone offences

• 243 drug driving offences from 6615 roadside drug tests

• 193 vehicle impoundments; and

• 130 seatbelt offences

Two lives were lost on Victorian roads over the weekend, with fatal collisions in Elwood on Thursday 14 April and Greenwald in the state’s far southwest on Monday 18 April, bringing this year’s total to 78.

Operation Compass will continue this week, with police anticipating another busy period on the roads as the Anzac Day public holiday and end of Victorian school holidays coincide.

For more information and tips for staying safe on the roads visit the Road Safety pageExternal Link on the Victoria Police website.

Quotes attributable to Assistant Commissioner Road Policing, Glenn Weir:

“Despite our best efforts, we still sadly saw two lives lost on Victorian roads over the weekend and police caught thousands of motorists engaging in unacceptable behaviour, putting themselves and others at risk.

“Operation Compass will continue this week, and while police will again going all-out to reduce road trauma, we are pleading with motorists to please be patient and stay alert when travelling and returning home from holidays”.

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