Operation Ardent Strikes Victoria's Wyndham, Catches 1600 Offenders Photo:
Mike Stevens | Aug, 24 2010 | 0 Comments

Along with the overnight blitz that saw 27 drink-drivers nabbed on Melbourne's Westgate bridge, the Operation Ardent campaign in the Victorian municipality of Wyndham has seen 1600 offences detected over four days.

Almost 10,000 drug and alcohol tests were conducted, resulting in 48 drink-driving penalties and seven drug offences.

"This is the first time an operation of this size has been conducted in Wyndham and we are quite alarmed at the high number of motorists doing the wrong thing," Sen Const Mick Davies said.

"These 300-plus speeding drivers we caught will hopefully use this as a lesson."

A total of 1662 offences were detected over the four day operation including:

  • 9835 breath tests conducted with 48 drink driving offences detected
  • 327 speeding offences
  • 135 mobile phone offences
  • 107 seat belt offences
  • 47 disobey signs/signals
  • 19 disqualified drivers
  • 49 unlicensed drivers
  • 329 defective vehicles detected
  • $75,000 of outstanding warrants issued
  • 40 penalty notices issued from EPA
  • Five vehicles were impounded under the hoon impoundment laws.

One man in his early 40's was caught driving 135km/ph in an 80km/ph zone on Palmers Road at Truganina.

Another man in his mid 20's had his car impounded after he was caught doing a burn out on Old Geelong Road at Hoppers Crossing.

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