Victoria Police has announced its co-operative road blitz in Melbourne's outer eastern suburbs last night a success, with over 1500 breath tests conducted and a significant number of penalties issued.
All vehicles travelling east along the Maroondah Highway, Ringwood, were intercepted and breath tested; roadworthy checks were also conducted on nominated vehicles.
Of the 1500 breath tests, just three drivers were found to be exceeding the legal blood-alcohol limit (little surprise, given it was the night before the beginning of the work week).
Working with the EPA, VicRoads and the Sheriff's Department, the blitz saw five drivers caught for driving while disqualified, and another three for driving without being licensed at all.
Eleven vehicles were unregistered, and five had already been declared unroadworthy. A further 23 motorists were given defect notices.
Another 35 penalties were issued for various offences, including failure to wear a seat-belt, and using a mobile phone while driving.
Officers from the Taxi Directorate and Immigration department were also on site, although no details of their work or figures have been released.