Motorists urged to be on best behaviour
ROCHESTER Police are urging people to take care this festive season as the region is filling with tourist traffic.
Across the state, Victoria Police’s Operation Roadwise has begun, with officers targeting dangerous driving, drug and drink driving, and irresponsible behaviour.
Rochester Sergeant Dale Simm said since the operation started on December 14, he hadn’t noticed a spike in offences — something he hopes will continue through the Christmas and New Year period.
Victoria Police said all road users will be targeted, including heavy vehicles, light trucks, cars, motorcycles, cyclists and pedestrians.
Drivers are encouraged to reduce their own risks on the road by ensuring their vehicle is roadworthy, practising stop-revive-survive strategies, staying off their mobile phones and being alert on unfamiliar roads.
Locally, Sgt Simm said the safety risk and the cost isn’t worth one phone call or text.
‘‘People need to think about the cost, especially in the lead-up to Christmas. Have a think before you answer the phone because it’s a lot of money,’’ he said.
Sgt Simm said police had noticed a spike in the number of cyclists in town who were flouting the law by not wearing helmets and using their phones.
‘‘The cost of a helmet is about $50 — if that. The fine for not wearing one is $201 and if cyclists are caught on their phones it’s $484, that’s the same as in a car and not worth it,’’ he said.
‘‘One person who was pulled over said they were caught by the highway patrol a day before — it’s cheaper and safer to wear a helmet.’’
Drivers are also reminded that the fine for not wearing a seatbelt is $322, speeding less than 10kmh over the limit is $201 and more than 10 but less than 25kmh is $322.
‘‘A lot of people are surprised at the cost, and it isn’t worth it,’’ Sgt Simm said.
Operation Roadwise concludes at 11.59pm on Sunday, January 6.
A 34-YEAR-OLD male will face court after he was caught driving an unregistered vehicle in Rochester on Saturday afternoon.
Police searched the vehicle and found a quantity of drugs. The male is expected to be charged with possessing a drug of dependence.
A COROP man who was driving an unregistered vehicle while unlicenced will face court.
The 24-year-old also returned a blood-alcohol reading of 0.157 and had his car impounded.