High-tech cop car

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - CRUISE CONTROL -

VIC­TO­RIAN mo­torists look­ing to es­cape from po­lice pur­suit will now have a much harder time with the ad­di­tion of a twin-turbo V6 MercedesAMG E 43 to the Vic­to­ria Po­lice sta­ble.

The high-per­for­mance sedan has been loaned by the Ger­man car­maker for 12 months to high­light road safety.

The E43, which has been given the co­de­name ‘Guardian V2’, re­places the orig­i­nal Guardian – a Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe, which had served the Vic­to­rian po­lice force for the pre­vi­ous 12 months as a high­way pa­trol ve­hi­cle and a pro­mo­tional tool for in-car safety tech­nolo­gies.

Guardian V2 will con­tinue the safety pro­mo­tion legacy of the orig­i­nal, cham­pi­oning the To­wards Zero cam­paign, which looks to re­duce fa­tal­i­ties on the road.

One way the cam­paign is try­ing to pro­mote road safety is through the roll-out of safer cars on the road, with three out of ev­ery four deaths on coun­try roads hap­pen­ing in cars that are more than 10 years old.

Road polic­ing com­mand as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner Doug Fryer said the un­veil­ing of Guardian V2 ahead of a road safety con­fer­ence would help high­light the im­por­tance of safety fea­tures in ve­hi­cles.

“The quicker we see these ad­vance­ments in tech­nol­ogy in our new cars the quicker it will be passed down to our teenagers when they are buy­ing their sec­ond­hand cars,” he said.

“Our part­ner­ship with Mercedes-Benz is about high­light­ing safety fea­tures in ve­hi­cles. We want to be part of the dis­cus­sion around what safer cars look like and know that hav­ing the Guardian V2 out and about in the com­mu­nity does this.

“Op­er­a­tional mem­bers will use the car to pa­trol the roads; will show the car at com­mu­nity events, it is im­por­tant to us to high­light what real safety looks like and to have con­ver­sa­tions with com­mu­nity around this.

“All we are ask­ing is that you con­sider safety for your car as an in­vest­ment, an in­vest­ment in the safety of your­self and for your fam­ily.”

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