Mike Stevens | Jun 4, 2010

Victorian cops have begun targeting the state's worst traffic offenders in a bold new trial designed to keep disqualified drivers off the road, Superintendent Neil Paterson said today.

The trial will focus on Victoria's top 30 or 40 worst offenders, specifically those who have had a high number of infringements in the past two years, including a woman in the Kingston area who has racked up 177 infringements in that time.

“She no longer has her license but we do believe she continues to drive," Supt Paterson said.

“Ultimately it is up to local police how they use the information, but some stations have already had members covertly and overtly sitting off the addresses of known offenders and intercepting them if they attempt to drive.”

 

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Officers in the Bayside, Glen Eira, Kingston, Geelong and Warnambool regions have already begun monitoring local offenders, based on intelligence packages supplied by the Traffic Camera Office.

Other areas to follow include Melbourne, Casey, Monash, Yarra Ranges, Booroondara, Hume, Brimbank, Moreland and Dandenong.

“The intelligence packages identify the top 30 to 40 drivers who have received the most infringements over the last two years,” Supt Paterson said.

“This is about targeting our most serious and dangerous offenders who have little to no regard for the law.”

Supt Paterson said that while the program will focus on traffic offenders, it won't necessarily be about those who have the most infringements, but rather those who have more serious traffic offences to their name, such as speeding 45km/h over the limit.

“Offenders who have disqualified licenses – whether that be for failing to wear a seatbelt, or speeding, or talking on their mobile phone – and continue to drive can expect police attention,” he said.

“Ultimately it is up to local police how they use the information, but some stations have already had members covertly and overtly sitting off the addresses of known offenders and intercepting them if they attempt to drive.”

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