Think of us before you drive
Victoria Police will be are out large numbers across Victoria targeting risky driving behaviours.
Please stay safe on the roads by:
- Slowing down and driving at a speed appropriate for the conditions. If you're travelling on familiar or unfamiliar roads , it's important to take your time.
- As little as one alcoholic drink may impair your judgement so plan your way home before you have a drink. Leave your car at home, organise a designated driver, book a taxi or check out public transport options.
- Be present when you are driving. A phone message, a call or a song can be all it takes to pull our attention away from driving. A 2 second glance at your phone means you’ll travel up to 28 metres blind.
How will Victoria Police enforce illegal behaviours such as drink driving, distractions and speed?
Victoria Police will enforce drink driving, speeding and distractions from unmarked police cars, marked police cars, drug and booze busses as well as police motorcycles and roadside intercepts.
What are the penalties for drink driving?
Drivers face harsh penalties if they are caught affected by alcohol or over the legal limit. View them here.
What are the penalties for speeding?
Drivers face harsh penalties if they are caught speeding. View them here.
What are the penalties for being caught using your phone whilst driving?
The penalties are 4 demerit points and a $496 fine.
What is legal use of phones in cars?
In Victoria, using a handheld mobile phone while driving is prohibited – no matter your age or how long you have been driving for.
Probationary drivers cannot use a mobile phone at all, not even on bluetooth.
If you have a full driver’s licence you may make or receive a phone call or use its audio/music functions provided the phone is secured in a commercially designed holder fixed to the vehicle, or can be operated by the driver without touching any part of the phone, and the phone is not resting on any part of the driver's body.
What tips can I use to reduce distraction as a driver?
To make sure you’re not putting yourself or others at risk on the roads, put your phone away where you can’t be tempted to use it, for example in the glove box or in the boot.
Apple has a ‘Do Not Disturb’ function which you can turn on before you drive, and it will automatically send a text saying that you’re driving if someone tries to call or text you. To activate this feature follow these steps:
1. Open ‘Settings’
2. Open ‘Do Not Disturb’
3. Tap ‘Activate”
4. Select ‘Automatic’ or desired frequency’
To set this up on Android (Google Pixel)
- Connected devices
- Connected preferences
- Driving mode
3. Tap ‘Behaviour’
4. Tap ‘Turn on do not disturb’
If your phone does not have this feature you can still turn on Do Not Disturb which will stop phone call and message notifications while it is activated.
Am I ok to drive after a couple of drinks?
Alcohol can affect us in different ways from one day to the next – this means there’s never a ‘safe’ amount to drink when you’re planning to drive.
The way to avoid drink driving is simple. If you’re going to drink, plan not to drive and plan your transport options in advance. If people avoid driving after drinking, the number of road fatalities could be reduced by up to 20%.