Shocking numbers behind AFL’s long weekend police crackdown

Victorians committed more than 7000 driving offences across a “busy” AFL Grand Final long weekend for police.

Drivers caught doing the wrong thing faced a statewide crackdown as a part of the five-day, statewide “Operation Scoreboard” which included the Grand Final and the Queen’s Memorial public holidays.

Officers undertook 119,953 breath tests, with 224 motorists found to be drink driving.

Drink-driving offenders also face being hit with a fine of up to $3700, having their licence disqualified for up to two years and prison time, depending on their blood alcohol content.

There were also 212 drug driving offences detected from 3,615 tests.

Drivers found to be under the influence of drugs can be fined $4,623 or spend three months in jail.

Speeding was by far the most common wrongdoing caught by police, with 2,881 offences handed out.

“Many of these penalties and infringements could have been avoided if drivers simply slowed down, paid attention to the roads and obeyed the speed limits,” Assistant Commissioner of Road Policing Glenn Weir said.

Camera IconThe thousands of people caught committing offences over the weekend will be hit with heavy fines. NCA NewsWire / Daniel Pockett Credit: News Corp Australia

Victorians caught speeding face one demerit point and a $231 fine if caught speeding by under 10km/h, or three points and a $370 fine for offences 10-24km/h over the limit.

Those caught 25km/h over the limit automatically have their license suspended for at least three months, with fines for speeding reaching $925 if they are more than 45km/h over.

There were also 377 mobile phone offences detected, while automatic number plate recognition technology caught 494 motorists for driving while disqualified, suspended or unlicensed.

Phone in Car
Camera IconNearly 400 people were caught on their phones behind the wheel. Brendan Beckett Credit: News Corp Australia

“Almost 500 drivers were detected for driving while unlicensed, disqualified or suspended, meaning they shouldn’t even be behind the wheel,“ Mr Weir said.

“This blatant disregard for the rules will not be tolerated, and police will continue to utilise automatic number-plate recognition technology to detect and remove unauthorised drivers from the roads.”

Those caught using their phone behind the wheel would be slapped with 4 demerit points and a fine of up to $1517.

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