Speeding drivers caught in Melbourne’s north

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Almost one in four drivers intercepted by police during a two-day traffic blitz last month were caught speeding.

The operation – targeting speeding and distracted drivers in Melbourne’s north – involved police intercepting about 200 vehicles from Northcote to Warrandyte.

Almost 50 of those intercepted were found to be speeding. Three drivers were caught more than 30km over the limit.

Six drivers also lost their licence due to alcohol or drugs.

Intelligence shows serious injury collisions in the Darebin area have increased by 18.4 per cent in the past year, with a large proportion attributed to speed and distraction.

Police on motorbikes patrolled high traffic thoroughfares including Bell and High streets with distracted drivers in sight.

They found 34 drivers on their mobile phones.

Officers also honed in on major arterial roads including the Metropolitan Ring Road, Hume Freeway and Greensborough Highway.

Plenty, Diamond Creek and St Georges roads were also a focus – with more than 26,000 vehicles scanned using Automatic Numberplate Recognition Technology throughout the two days.

Police warned the community could expect to see extra police on the roads in coming weeks with further road safety operations planned.