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by Tim Beissmann

Melbourne’s worst driving offenders live in a troublesome group of suburbs that show signs of ‘attitudinal issues’, according to the Victoria’s top traffic cop.

A News Limited report reveals that 11 areas rank inside the top 20 for speeding, drink driving and using a mobile phone while driving.

As a result, Victoria Police is planning a series of blitzes, with a particular focus on some of the worst problem zones.

Cranbourne was the worst suburb, with the highest number of speeding offences and a top-four ranking for drink driving and mobile phone offences. A total of 2030 fines were issued in Cranbourne between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010.

Narre Warren ranked second for speeding, sixth for mobile phone use and seventh for drink driving.

Werribee was the worst offender for illegal mobile phone use (765 fines) while Frankston was the top drink-driving suburb (142 fines).

Berwick, Craigieburn, Hoppers Crossing, Glen Waverley, Dandenong, Deer Park and St Albans were other areas all ranking in the top 20 for the three crimes.

Victoria Police deputy commissioner, Kieren Walshe, said it was not surprising the same suburbs appeared in the statistics again and again.

“There is an attitudinal issue with residents in these postcodes,” Mr Walshe said.

He said drivers should expect a stronger police presence in a number of these suburbs throughout the second half of this year.

“You’re on notice,” Mr Walshe said.

Do you think more police on the streets of problem areas is the best approach, or should the effort be placed elsewhere? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Speeding in Victoria:

Suburbs Number of speeding offences
Cranbourne 2030
Narre Warren 1846
Werribee 1686
Berwick 1614
Pakenham 1583
Craigieburn 1470
Ballarat 1451
Hoppers Crossing 1392
Frankston 1317
Bendigo 1309
Belmont/Highton 1263
Glen Waverley/Wheelers Hill 1244
Dandenong 1230
Melton 1195
Sydenham 1117
Deer Park/Cairnlea/Caroline Springs 1092
Warrnambool 1085
St Albans 1074
Sunbury 1018
Shepparton 915

Drink driving in Victoria:

Suburbs Number of drink driving offences
Frankston 142
Cranbourne 132
Hoppers Crossing 122
St Albans 119
Werribee 119
Ballarat 118
Narre Warren 113
Dandenong 103
Craigieburn 98
Sunshine 92
Reservoir 90
Noble Park 86
Glen Waverley/Wheelers Hill 82
Melton 81
Sunbury 81
Bendigo 80
Deer Park/Cairnlea/Caroline Springs 79
St Kilda 79
Sydenham 76
Berwick 76

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Illegal mobile phone use in Victoria:

Suburbs Number of mobile phone while driving offences
Werribee 765
Deer Park/Cairnlea/Caroline Springs 631
Craigieburn 631
Cranbourne 607
Hoppers Crossing 597
Narre Warren 594
St Albans 591
Reservoir 591
Sydenham 582
Frankston 548
Dandenong 526
Glen Waverley/Wheelers Hill 503
Coburg 491
Berwick 490
St Kilda 467
Sunshine 432
Preston 414
Mordialloc 405
Keilor Downs 398
Richmond 398



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