Unsafe vehicles target of operation

Unsafe vehicles have been the target of a month-long police operation.

During August, all policing units across central Victoria clamped down on unroadworthy cars as part of phase three of Operation Millet in a bid to get motorists to ensure their vehicles are safe.

Senior Sergeant Ian Brooks said throughout the division, 664 traffic offences were detected, along with 90 notices of unroadworthy issues and 113 other offences.

He said police were disappointed at the overall number of penalty notices and offences detected because it showed people were not heeding messages.

“In the majority of cases the condition of the cars were not too bad but some improvement is required,” he said. “Some of the unroadworthy notices were for very, very dangerous reasons.”

The cars of most concern for police were ones found to have fluid leaking from brake systems and tyres worn down below the rubber.

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Senior Sergeant Brooks said it was the final phase of Operation Millet for the time being, with police now turning their focus to sporting grand finals.

Senior Sergeant Brooks urged people to plan ahead and to not drink to excess.

“There’s no excuse,” he said.