By Brendan Rees
Sixty-three motorists have been hit with speeding fines in Casey as part of an Easter road blitz by Victoria Police.
During the five-day Operation Nexus period, police detected 136 offences – including 28 unregistered vehicles, and five drink drivers.
Nine drug drivers and 10 disqualified drivers were also detected.
Other common offences included mobile phone (nine), impoundments (two), and six unlicensed drivers.
A 26-year-old woman also returned an alleged breath test reading of 0.240 in Berwick while a 29-year-old woman allegedly returned a reading of 0.162 per cent in Narre Warren.
In nearby Keysborough, a 21-year-old Queensland man and learner driver returned an alleged reading of 0.135 after a car crashed into a traffic signal.
Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Libby Murphy said it was fortunate there had been no deaths resulting from irresponsible choices across the five days.
“We take comfort in the fact no one has died as a result of stupidity on our roads this weekend,” Ms Murphy said.
“But it’s this sort of reckless and selfish behaviour that can lead to a lifetime of grief for others.
“It can take a split second for excessive speed or impairment to eradicate a life.
“We can only hope – while these drivers live with the consequences of having their vehicles temporarily impounded, their licences removed or their day in court – that they realise this is the far better outcome.”
Across the state police detected 259 drug drivers, 124 drink drivers and 3610 speeding offences.
Operation Nexus, which ran from Thursday 9 April to Monday 13 April, is an annual road policing focus that aims to prevent death and serious injury by targeting speeding, impairment, fatigue, distraction and seatbelt offences.