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17yo drink driver nabbed

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A 17-year-old learner driver has been caught drink driving and speeding in his mum's car on the first day of a Victoria Police road safety blitz in the lead-up to Christmas.

The boy was pulled over in Carrum Downs, in Melbourne's southeast, about 1.20am after being clocked travelling at 112km/h in a 70km/h zone.

He also returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.139 per cent. Learner drivers must have a zero blood alcohol content.

The Carrum Downs boy had his learner's permit suspended for 12 months and received penalty notices for offences including drink driving, failing to have headlights on a vehicle and speeding.

The teen was one of 36 drink drivers caught on the first day of Operation Break Up.

The police campaign is targeting alcohol and drug driving, speed, fatigue and driver distraction during the high-risk pre-Christmas period.

Across the state, police detected 1261 traffic offences and 113 crime offences.

They conducted 9748 preliminary breath tests and 106 roadside drug tests, which found five drug drivers.

Police also detected:

- 39 disqualified/suspended drivers

- 58 unlicensed drivers

- 150 unregistered vehicles

- 376 speeding offences

- 123 mobile phone offences

Operation Break Up runs until 23 December.

AAP

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