Some good ad­vice from po­lice

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE -

AL­THOUGH visi­tors are in a re­laxed mood on moun­tain, they need to take a num­ber of pre­cau­tions to en­sure their trip is an en­joy­able and safe one, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal po­lice.

Bright po­lice’s Se­nior Sergeant Doug In­coll said mo­torists need to keep cars locked and en­sure no valu­ables are vis­i­ble to passers-by, as op­por­tunis­tic theft does hap­pen at re­sorts.

Sgt In­coll sug­gested split­ting skis with friends as a way of de­ter­ring would-be thieves who might have their eye on gear, as well mak­ing sure ev­ery­thing is la­belled and named.

With win­ter well and truly here, it is im­per­a­tive that driv­ers obey the speed lim­its, drive

We want peo­ple to be safe on the moun­tain and have an en­joy­able stay - Se­nior Sergeant Doug In­coll

to the pre­vail­ing con­di­tions and be pre­pared for weather changes which can oc­cur quickly.

“We want peo­ple to be safe on the moun­tain and have an en­joy­able stay,” Sgt In­coll said.

Hotham Re­sort Man­age­ment Board has in­sti­tuted new reg­u­la­tions sur­round­ing chains and only the di­a­mond patterned va­ri­ety can now be used legally.

“Th­ese have been iden­ti­fied as be­ing safer and more ef­fec­tive; this sea­son is be­ing seen as an in­tro­duc­tory pe­riod and learn­ing op­por­tu­nity for driv­ers but from next year, peo­ple will be pe­nalised,” Sgt In­coll said.

Po­lice are also en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple not to in­dulge too heav­ily and take par­ty­ing to a level where it could com­pro­mise your health.

“Drugs, al­co­hol and snow don’t mix be­cause of a num­ber of rea­sons,” Sgt In­coll said.

“You have to have your wits about you and you need to have the abil­ity to re­main calm if a white­out sets in and th­ese can hap­pen out of the blue.

“If you are in­tox­i­cated and get caught in the snow, hy­pother­mia can set in quicker.”

If trail walk­ing is your thing, be sure to pre­pare a trip in­ten­tion plan and give it to po­lice or the ac­com­mo­da­tion venue owner of where you’re stay­ing.

An Emer­gency Po­si­tion In­di­cat­ing Ra­dio Bea­con (EPIRB) is a very wise in­vest­ment and crit­i­cal if you do get off course at any stage and re­quire as­sis­tance.

“EPIRBs can be the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death and also make any search and res­cue a lot eas­ier,” he said.

“Al­ways let peo­ple know where you’re go­ing and in a group sit­u­a­tion, this could mean mak­ing a pre-de­ter­mined time to meet at a cer­tain place.”

Skiers and board­ers also need to be mind­ful of zip­ping up pock­ets when us­ing ski lifts, as a sur­pris­ing num­ber of peo­ple lose wal­lets and mo­bile phones in the snow be­low.

“They’re gen­er­ally not found un­til the snow melts in spring or sum­mer and by then they’re not in a good state,” he said.

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