Police targeting e-scooters

Police targeting e-scooters
Snr Sgt Alex OToole

Melbourne Highway Patrol recently conducted Operation Trident targeting vulnerable road users, and particularly e-scooters.

The operation was conducted on February 27 over various locations across the CBD including Southbank due to the high numbers of e-scooter trips and riders. The following penalty notices were issued for the following offences:

Red light e-scooter (one); unlicensed driving (two); failure to wear bicycle helmet (three); failure to wear bicycle helmet on e-scooter (10); use mobile phone while driving or riding an e-scooter (30); and other (seven).             

A total of 53 traffic infringement notices were issued to those who were flouting the road rules.

With Easter having just passed, the extra-long weekend and school holidays saw many people travel around the state or interstate in vehicles.

Operation Nexus was a state-wide policing operation that began at midnight on Thursday, March 28 and concluded at midnight on Monday, April 1. Operation Nexus was conducted across every local government area of the state during the five-day period of enforcement.

A key focus of Operation Nexus is to maintain visible and active police presence on Victorian roads to act as a deterrent against unsafe road behaviour. The operation targets rural road, impaired driving, vulnerable road users and speed.

Senior Sergeant Jay McDonald and I can be contacted via email.

We are happy to be supplied feedback or answer any questions relating to Southbank. •

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