Thousands busted for disobeying road rules


Victoria Police detected more than 3,000 road offences among motorists and truck drivers during Operation Halo II earlier this month

October 24, 2012

Victoria Police detected more than 3,000 road offences among motorists and truck drivers during Operation Halo II earlier this month.

Out of the 3,265 offences, 2,520 car and truck drivers were caught disobeying traffic lights, using mobile phones, driving in bike lanes, diverging when unsafe and failing to give way.

Police issued 40 penalty notices to drivers who disobeyed a no left turn sign in Hotham Street, East Melbourne, within two hours on the second day of the operation.

Assistant Commissioner for Road Policing Robert Hill says police targeted specific behaviours which contribute to road trauma, such as mobile phone use and disobeying traffic signs.

"While it was disappointing that police detected more than 3,000 offences during the operation, it is encouraging that the average number of offences detected per day was less than the average detected during our first Halo operation in February," Hill says.

"Last year, one third of all those killed on Victorian roads were vulnerable road users so it is vital that we work to bring this number down."

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