Police send a vital message
POLICE throughout the Shire of Strathbogie will be taking part in the state-wide ‘Operation Roadwise’ this holiday season.
The 24- day state- wide road ‘blitz’ will be targeting dangerous driving, drug driving and irresponsible behaviour on our roads over summer.
Officers throughout the state will be out in force monitoring speeds and setting up roadside drug and alcohol tests, in an attempt to drive down the Victorian road toll, which stands at 278 in 2016 - 35 more than the same time last year.
Euroa Police said they were disappointed that some people were risking their lives and the safety of others in the lead up to Christmas by driving at high speeds and drink-driving.
“We’ve already stopped a number of people in the last few weeks for speeding in the local area,” Acting Senior Sergeant Lucas Paul said.
“At this time of year people have a lot on and there are many more people using our roads to visit friends and family or heading off to their holiday spots.
“We also know it’s the time of year that there are many events and parties going on, but that’s no excuse for putting others in harm’s way.”
Constable Paul Swan of Euroa Police said they had intercepted a number of speeding drivers in recent times, including a female driver in her 20s who was travelling at 135km/h in a 100 zone, and an older male driver who was travelling at 121km/h on the same stretch of Euroa-Shepparton road.
“We want everyone to take care on the roads and look after one another, because the last thing we want to be doing is to have to knock on the doors of family members this Christmas,” he said.
“Everyone has a responsibility not only to ensure their personal safety and that of their passengers, but that of all other road users - because everyone deserves to have a safe and happy Christmas-New Year.”
The officers urged people to utilise the various rest stops and Driver Reviver stations that will be in operation this holiday season.
One such Driver Reviver stop will be operated by the SES at the Balmattum Rest area on the Hume Freeway northbound on December 23 to 24.
The southbound stop will be operating on Monday, December 26.
SES North East community resilience coordinator Sue Sheldrick said she hoped drivers would take the opportunity to stop and enjoy some of the free refreshments during long periods of driving.
“Our volunteers would much rather give you a free cup of tea or coffee and have a friendly chat than respond to a motor vehicle accident further down the road,” she said.
SLOW DOWN: Euroa Police will join their Victorian colleagues in patrolling our roads this holiday period as part of Operation Roadwise.