Truck drivers one of many nabbed by police this Easter

Victoria Police catches thousands of road offenders, including 199 truck drivers

By Ruza Zivkusic | April 27, 2011

Victoria Police nabbed thousands of drunk and speeding drivers over the Easter break, with 199 of them being truck drivers.

They were one of the 5700 drivers caught speeding, with 750 caught using mobile phones while driving during the Operation Crossroads - a nation-wide campaign with police in every state and territory saturating roads in a bid to reduce road trauma.

The police’s Acting Assistant Commissioner Neville Taylor says despite the operation now over the police will continue promoting road safety.

"When we look at the results for Operation Crossroads over the long weekend, it is major concern that so many people still chose to drink and drive, drive while on their mobile phone or speed, despite knowing the risk of this behaviour," Taylor says.

"We had more than 500 people caught drink driving over the Easter break. How could 500 people still not get the message that this is high-risk behaviour which places all road users at risk? It is simply unacceptable."

Forty tested positive to drugs, while 649 drove without a seatbelt.

Some 286 were found to be disqualified drivers and 626 caught driving without a licence.

A 23-year-old Melbourne man was killed on Monday after he was struck by the rear wheels of a semi-trailer.

The Victorian road toll is 97- up by six compared to this time last year.

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