Drink drivers caught on Eastern Freeway

By: Chris Smith


Motorists travelling on the Eastern Freeway are being issued with a warning – if you drink and drive you will

Motorists travelling on the Eastern Freeway are being issued with a warning – if you drink and drive you will be caught, with police planning to ensure the odds of being detected increase significantly over the coming weeks and months.

An overnight booze bus operation on the roadway involving the Region 1 Traffic Tasking Unit, Yarra TMU and Victoria Police Traffic Drug and Alcohol Section captured 24 drivers exceeding the prescribed concentration from the 1200 tested.

Alarmingly 18 of the 24 were over 0.1, which is double the legal limit for drivers. A female driver who attempted to avoid the booze bus site was tested and found to be almost four times over the legal limit with a reading of 0.190.

Acting Senior Sergeant Tony Rayson says last Friday night’s results should send a strong message to all drivers who use the Eastern Freeway.

"Choosing to drive after a few drinks presents an unacceptable risk not only to the driver and other occupants of the vehicle, but also other road users at the time," he says.

"These high readings combined with the wet roads due to the weekend’s rain could have easily lead to further despair on our roads.

"With football finals and the spring racing carnival approaching police will continue to step up the random testing of drivers with this type of enforcement operation.

"Police presence on the roads during this key time will certainly be heightened and drivers who do break the law can expect to face severe financial penalties as well as the loss of their licence."

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