Po­lice out in force

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - BY SA­MAN­THA DICK

WANGARATTA High­way Patrol will be out in full force this week­end, keep­ing sports fans safe dur­ing the Ovens and King foot­ball and net­ball fi­nals.

Sergeant Michael Con­nors of Wangaratta High­way Patrol has warned lo­cals to ad­here to the road rules and be­have sen­si­bly amid the ex­cite­ment of the com­pe­ti­tion or risk an in­fringe­ment no­tice by po­lice.

“If you’re do­ing the wrong thing, don’t be sur­prised if you get stopped by po­lice,” he said.

“In re­la­tion to peo­ple ex­ceed­ing the speed limit, us­ing mobile phones or fail­ing to wear seat- belts, po­lice will show no dis­cre­tion and take no ex­cuses.”

Sgt Con­nors said an in­crease in High­way Patrol staff mem­bers meant there would be more po­lice on the roads de­tect­ing offenders and keep­ing ev­ery­one safe.

“If you’re go­ing to be ir­re­spon­si­ble and drive un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs or al­co­hol, then you can ex­pect to be caught,” he said.

“Our mes­sage is to go to th­ese events and en­joy your­self but you’ve got to re­mem­ber po­lice are out there with a job to do.

“You don’t have to be drunk to be over the le­gal limit, and it’s pos­si­ble for peo­ple to judge their own blood al­co­hol level by how they feel.

“If you’re plan­ning on hav­ing a few drinks at the foot­ball or net­ball, have an­other plan and don’t drive.”

sdick@ ne­me­dia.com.au

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