Operation Austrans picks up COR and drug offences


Chain of responsibility infractions discovered during recent Victoria Police checks related to Operation Austrans hit three figures during the month-long initiative. <br /><br /> “More than 130 offences were also detected against people other than the driver, such as company owners, operators and consigners,” Victoria Police say.

By Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi | June 5, 2012

Chain of responsibility infractions discovered during recent Victoria Police checks related to Operation Austrans hit three figures during the month-long initiative.

On a slightly brighter note, the rate of drug-driving appears to have fallen.

One in 29 truck drivers has tested positive to drugs.

The number is down from one in eight before the Operation Austrans began on May 1, police say.

Though they were unable to furnish the finer details by the time ATN hit deadline, state police did say they inspected more than 7,000 trucks during last month’s national operation, conducting more than 22,000 preliminary oral fluid tests and 4,200 breath tests.

They have detected more than 1,900 offences during the operation.

"More than 130 offences were also detected against people other than the driver, such as company owners, operators and consigners," Victoria Police say.

Deputy Commissioner Kieran Walshe says the collective efforts of other operations across the state were seeing positive indications on the road toll.

"During May, along with Operation Austrans, we ran a number of other operations such as Operation Monte targeting unlicensed and unregistered drivers across the state, Operation Knockdown focusing on driver distraction in Yarra and Operation Red Eye cracking down on drink drivers in Stonnington.

"The community too have certainly played their part – it’s positive to see motorists starting to heed the road safety message and make those changed to their driving behaviour to reduce risks on the road."

The police breakdown of Operation Austrans was:

  • 4,208 preliminary breath tests
  • 2,268 preliminary oral fluid tests
  • 78 positive oral fluid tests
  • 15 drug offences
  • 174 seatbelt offences
  • 99 speeding offences
  • 140 mobile phone offences
  • 34 unlicensed drivers
  • 665 fatigue related offences (work diary offences)
  • 135 chain of responsibility offences (company owners, operators and consigners)



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