Police in the Australian state of Victoria reported 7,741 traffic violations, with two persons murdered on the roads over the long Easter weekend.
A five-day road enforcement operation was conducted from April 6-10, following a “terrible start” to the year, with 89 lives lost across the state, up 25% from the five-year average, according to the Xinhua news agency.
According to the police, Good Friday accounted for over a quarter of all detections throughout the Easter weekend, with 101 motorists arrested drunk and drugged driving on this one day.
More than a third of all identified offences were for speeding, with over 80% of motorists observed exceeding the speed limit by 10km/h to 25km/h.
In comparison to last year’s Easter road policing operation, mobile phone offences increased by 31%, with 343 motorists caught using their phones while driving.
Meanwhile, 529 unlicensed drivers, including suspended, disqualified, and unlicensed drivers, were removed off the road.