Armada readies for drink driver crackdown


A “SIGNIFICANT” increase in alcohol-related serious injuries and fatal collisions in Frankston and on the Mornington Peninsula over the past 12 months has triggered a police crackdown on drink drivers.

Highway patrol and general police will saturate these areas as part of Operation Armada in an effort to detect and deter impaired drivers.

Operation Armada starts on Friday 19 July.

Southern Metro Region Superintendent Adrian White said police would set up booze buses in strategic locations with officers conducting alcohol and drug tests “at every opportunity”.

“Our intelligence is telling us that the types of people we predominantly detect for impaired driving are males aged 19-44, and drivers leaving licensed venues,” Supt. White said.

“Our data also shows that tradesmen are over-represented for this kind of offending, which is a real concern for us.

“In the south east we’ve lost nearly twice the number of lives on the road compared to this time last year.

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 16 July 2019


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