ajft wrote:Then this morning, more fun on Dandenong road, we had the police, sheriff's department and who knows who else out in one of their "pull everyone over, check everything" projects. Quite a few vehicles parked on the median strip and probably an equal number of people finding alternative ways of making the remainder of their journey.
j9 wrote:ajft wrote:Then this morning, more fun on Dandenong road, we had the police, sheriff's department and who knows who else out in one of their "pull everyone over, check everything" projects. Quite a few vehicles parked on the median strip and probably an equal number of people finding alternative ways of making the remainder of their journey.
Not everyone but targeted vehicles pulled over. Detected via automatic number plate recognition camera setup to scan registrations a few hundred metres before the pullover site.
j9 wrote:They did it recently on Eastlink. Set up the camera before the tunnel and nabbed them coming out of the tunnel
ajft wrote:It'll be interesting to see what affect the automatic number plate scanning has in the longer term, as the tech. gets cheaper it'll get used more widely.
ajft wrote:Yes to the number plate recognition thing, but i think they were doing alcohol/drug tests as well, so probably mixing in random vehicles. Tried my hardest to spot the number plate recogniser but couldn't see it ... http://tron.wikia.com/wiki/Recognizer
It'll be interesting to see what affect the automatic number plate scanning has in the longer term, as the tech. gets cheaper it'll get used more widely.
Police use number plate recognition on repeat drink-drivers
Christopher Gillett From: Herald Sun January 21, 2013 12:00AM
DRINK-drivers who continue to get behind the wheel despite bans of up to 24 years will be targeted in a new campaign by police.
Victoria's top traffic cop Robert Hill said he wanted every police car in the state to have number plate recognition to pull over repeat drink-drivers.
Freedom of Information documents show that our worst drink-driver has been picked up by police 181 times. And some have been caught driving with five times the legal blood alcohol limit.
Sentencing statistics show that between 2009-11 more than 10,300 people went to the Magistrates' Court for unlicensed driving.
Mr Hill said extreme bans for rogue drivers were necessary to reduce the road carnage.
"They have demonstrated that they are not worthy to have a driver's licence," he said.
Mr Hill said three more mobile scanners, called BlueNet vehicles, would join the Victoria Police fleet before August.
The devices detect the number plates of cars registered to disqualified and suspended drivers, alerting police to intercept the vehicle.
"Those are the sort of people that the BlueNet vehicle can very readily detect," he said. "This type of equipment you could see in all police cars in the next five, 10 years."
The Herald Sun obtained data on deadly drivers from VicRoads and the Department of Justice under Freedom of Information laws, which showed 11 road menaces - all repeat drink-drivers - have lost their licence for more than 10 years since 2010. Only one was female.
The worst two, both men, can reapply for their licence in 2036.
Double-decade bans are used as a last resort by courts on our worst offenders, but traffic law experts want life bans for repeat drink-drivers.
Barrister Michael Kuzilny called for life bans in extreme cases.
"In the US, the courts don't muck around and some drivers with appalling driving histories get banned from driving for a life term," Mr Kuzilny said.
"If people just keep putting others in danger, they cannot be trusted on our roads."
Last year 279 people died on Victoria's roads, eight fewer than in 2011.
Alicia Byrne, a spokeswoman for the Coalition Government, said that drink-driving kills and seriously injures people and would not be tolerated.
"The Coalition Government is working with Victoria's road safety agencies to target this reckless and unacceptable behaviour," she said.
"The Government is supportive of proven technology that will help in the fight to catch dangerous drivers and make our roads safer."
Victoria, however, is on track to record its safest start to the year on the roads in more than a decade.
Nine people have died since January 1 - up to 14 fewer deaths than in previous years.
A major crackdown on motorists is being credited with the result.
Mr Hill said while the numbers were significantly lower, the first three months of the year were still high-risk.
"The start of January has historically been a quiet time on our roads insofar as we have people on holidays, fewer people using our road system, and hence fewer collisions," Mr Hill said.
"What I am concerned about now is as we move towards the Australia Day weekend, as we move towards the return of school, as we see people returning to the workplace, that's where we will be at risk."
He said police data showed that people driving on unfamiliar roads and driver distraction and fatigue caused a large proportion of deaths last year.
"In January 2012 we saw a 67 per cent increase in the number of fatalities compared to 2011, with 30 people killed on Victorian roads."
The lowest monthly road toll is 12 deaths, recorded in September 2011.
TAC's chief executive Janet Dore said speed would be one of the major points of attack this year.
"Speeding is a leading cause of road trauma and it's our goal to make speeding as socially unacceptable as drink driving," Ms Dore said.
A police summer blitz - from November 16 to January 6 - detected more than 75,000 traffic offences.
baudman wrote:ajft wrote:It'll be interesting to see what affect the automatic number plate scanning has in the longer term, as the tech. gets cheaper it'll get used more widely.
City of Melbourne use it for parking. Drive a sweep past with mobile detector. Drive another sweep past at a later time. Software highlights the cars that have overstayed and they go and book them.
baudman wrote:I had a very pleasant commute/convo with another Dad-post-dropping-daughter-from-Ride2School-and-then-headed-Ride2Work.
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