Dan­ger­ous drivers tar­geted in long week­end op­er­a­tion

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - By FREYJA POSTLETHWAITE

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.”

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