Six people were killed, more than 500 people were caught drink or drug driving and more than 3000 speeding offences were detected across the Labor Day long weekend.
Police were left shaking their heads at Victorian roads users and their willingness to risk people’s lives.
‘‘Time and time again we plead to those taking to our roads to take care, to not speed, to not use phones and to not drink and drive,’’ Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer said.
‘‘It is frustrating and just terribly sad that over the weekend another six families now face the true reality of road trauma.’’
Greater Shepparton police booked 26 drivers for speeding during Operation Arid.
‘‘We want our roads to be safer, any speeding on our roads is dangerous behaviour. We want people to slow down,’’ Shepparton Highway Patrol sergeant Janne Kennedy said.
‘‘I’d also remind motorists that when police are on the side of the road, with flashing lights, the maximum speed limit is 40km/h.’’
Sgt Kennedy said there were two collisions which resulted in injuries at the weekend.
Asst Comm Fryer said it was concerning the number of drug drivers had increased from last year.
One in every six motorists was found to have drugs in their system.
Operation Arid ran from 12.01am Friday to 11.59pm Monday.