Dangerous drivers targeted in long weekend operation
MOTORISTS are urged to make sure their plans are the most memorable part of the AFL Grand Final long weekend.
Police will be out in full force as part of Operation Scoreboard, a statewide motion to remove dangerous drivers from the road and keep road users safe.
The operation began at 12.01am this morning and will run until 11.59pm on Sunday.
Some 261 drink drivers, 162 drug drivers and 2253 speeding offences were detected during the operation period last year.
Sergeant Michael Connors of Wangaratta Highway Patrol said drivers should plan ahead to ensure everyone can arrive home safely over the long weekend.
“If something tragic happens, it will be life-changing,” he said
“We are asking people to think ahead – if they’re going to get into the swing of things and drink alcohol, they should organise transport and not get behind the wheel.
“There is a whole gamut of offences we will be looking out for – speed offences, mobile phone use, drink and drug offences - but our primary focus is to make sure everyone gets to their destination safely.”
Footy fans travelling to watch the game or other holiday makers are urged to plan their travel, ensure they’ve had enough rest and take a break every two hours to reduce the risk of fatiguerelated incidents.
Road users have also been reminded to slow down to 40 kilometres per hour (kph) when passing an emergency services vehicle with flashing lights.
“If there is an emergency vehicle, slow down because the workers may pop out anywhere,” Sgt Connors said.
“It’s common sense and it makes us feel safer.”