Po­lice send a vi­tal mes­sage

Euroa Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY WILL MUR­RAY edi­tor@ euroa-gazette.com.au

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.

Pic­tured is Con­sta­ble Scott Nash of Euroa Po­lice.

SLOW DOWN: Euroa Po­lice will join their Vic­to­rian col­leagues in pa­trolling our roads this hol­i­day pe­riod as part of Op­er­a­tion Road­wise.

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