Mike Stevens | Nov 9, 2011

Victoria Police utilised automated number plate scanning technology in Melbourne's inner suburbs yesterday in the hunt for dodgy drivers.

Operation Scud saw the number plates of 4227 vehicles scanned as they passed on Hoddle Street in Clifton Hill, leading to 26 penalty notices - mostly for unregistered vehicles and unlicensed driving.

One driver was also found to have a blood-alcohol content of .05 after being pulled over for other reasons.

“These automated number plate recognition systems are advanced technology that allow us to scan the number plates of passing traffic on any given road at a rapid rate and identify unauthorised drivers, such as those with a suspended or cancelled licence,” Sergeant Graeme Kittle said.

“We will continue to run these operations, not just here in Yarra, but across Victoria to ensure we are removing these drivers from our roads.”

The operation ran throughout the entire day. Unregistered vehicles pose a particular threat to other road users as these cars are commonly not covered for property damage insurance (although third party injury, as a no-fault liability cover, does apply in Victoria despite no registration nor third-party insurance payment).

Victoria's road toll is currently at 235 fatalities, down from 250 for the same period last year.


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