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ALARMING Number Of Drivers Caught Drink Driving

Victoria Police have released the results from a road safety operation that took place on the Monash Freeway over the weekend and it is quite alarming.

Prahran Highway Patrol were conducting Operation Gandolf 2, a random alcohol and drug test on the outbound lanes of the Monash freeway on Friday and Saturday nights.

The results of the night showed that one in every 45 drivers that were tested received a positive reading on their preliminary breath test.

The operation saw three booze buses set up between High Street and Warrigal Road in Malvern East.

Over the two night crackdown, 50 divers were found drink driving, resulting in the impoundment of nine vehicles.

The highest blood alcohol reading recorded during the operation was .130 per cent.

A total of 80 offences were recorded throughout the two nights including the 50 drink drivers, two drug drivers, two unlicensed drivers, one mobile phone offence and nine seat belt offences.

Sergeant James Robbins of the Prahran Highway Patrol has said that drivers should be taking extra care while driving, especially with the Christmas season approaching.

"To see that one in every 45 drivers tested over the course of our operation is clearly very disappointing," Sgt Robbins said.

"We will continue to run these types of operations on major highways, freeways, local roads and back streets to do our part in keeping the community safe.

"This Christmas Day there should be no empty seats at the dinner table as a result of road trauma."

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