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.

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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:

SuburbsNumber of speeding offences
Cranbourne2030
Narre Warren1846
Werribee1686
Berwick1614
Pakenham1583
Craigieburn1470
Ballarat1451
Hoppers Crossing1392
Frankston1317
Bendigo1309
Belmont/Highton1263
Glen Waverley/Wheelers Hill1244
Dandenong1230
Melton1195
Sydenham1117
Deer Park/Cairnlea/Caroline Springs1092
Warrnambool1085
St Albans1074
Sunbury1018
Shepparton915

Drink driving in Victoria:

SuburbsNumber of drink driving offences
Frankston142
Cranbourne132
Hoppers Crossing122
St Albans119
Werribee119
Ballarat118
Narre Warren113
Dandenong103
Craigieburn98
Sunshine92
Reservoir90
Noble Park86
Glen Waverley/Wheelers Hill82
Melton81
Sunbury81
Bendigo80
Deer Park/Cairnlea/Caroline Springs79
St Kilda79
Sydenham76
Berwick76

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Illegal mobile phone use in Victoria:

SuburbsNumber of mobile phone while driving offences
Werribee765
Deer Park/Cairnlea/Caroline Springs631
Craigieburn631
Cranbourne607
Hoppers Crossing597
Narre Warren594
St Albans591
Reservoir591
Sydenham582
Frankston548
Dandenong526
Glen Waverley/Wheelers Hill503
Coburg491
Berwick490
St Kilda467
Sunshine432
Preston414
Mordialloc405
Keilor Downs398
Richmond398