‘Quiet’ holiday just the tonic

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Pull over driver: Mornington Police conducted preliminary breath tests on the Esplanade, Mt Martha, last week.

SOUTHERN Metro Division 4 had a “fairly quiet” Melbourne Cup weekend, according to Somerville Highway Patrol Sergeant David Collins.

“There was no road trauma over the five-day period, which is a very good primary outcome,” he said.

“Of the 4483 drivers breath-tested – up from 2400 last year – only 21 were processed for drink or drug-driving offences, down from 30 last year.”

The tests were conducted as part of Operation Furlong, which took in Melbourne Cup activities as well as the Peninsula Cup day at Mornington Racecourse, Sunday 3 November.

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 12 November 2019

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