Mo­torists urged to be on best be­hav­iour

Campaspe News - - NEWS -

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.

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