The number of dangerous drivers on MIA roads was on the up last year, according to the latest crime statistics.
The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) data reveals that across the Griffith, Leeton, and Carrathool local government areas, there were 107 dangerous driving offences committed in 2020 compared to just 87 in 2019.
The majority of these offences were committed in Griffith (73).
However this was down compared to the 1659 speeding infringements issued in 2019.
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There were 955 infringements handed out for regulatory driving offences, including driving without a seatbelt or failing to give way, making it the second most common offense on MIA roads last year.
The BOSCAR data also found there was 875 drivers license related offences and 582 registration related infringements.
Drink driving offences were also on the up, with MIA drivers being caught above the blood-alcohol level 176 incidents last year.
This was an increase from the 132 drink driving offences committed on MIA roads in 2019.
Murrumbidgee Police District Inspector Kim Traynor said it was important for police to have a strong stance on driving-related offences.
"Road trauma has such a big effect on everyone in the community," Inspector Traynor said.
"From the victims involved, to the family members, the wider community and witnesses, and even the emergency services that respond to it."
"Having a strong approach to driving and traffic related matters is really important fro those reasons, because the impact is so broad-ranging."
Speaking to The Area News last year, Griffith driving instructor Sandro Coledan said while young drivers were getting better every year, the MIA was home to some of the most dangerous drivers in Australia.
"A lot of the older Griffith drivers just want to do what they want and don't have much regard for other road users," he said.
"For some reason Griffith is leading the way in that horrible field unfortunately."
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