Patrol revs up fleet for safety

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Wim­mera and Mallee mo­torists can ex­pect to see an in­crease in po­lice pres­ence on roads as of­fi­cers at­tempt to com­bat a ris­ing state road-toll.

Fol­low­ing a ‘suc­cess­ful’ state road-policing cam­paign at the week­end, Hor­sham High­way Patrol units will be out in full force across the com­ing months.

Hor­sham Sergeant Dale Mcivor said Sep­tem­ber and Oc­to­ber were tra­di­tion­ally high-risk months for trav­ellers for se­ri­ous and fa­tal in­jury col­li­sions, par­tic­u­larly be­cause of sport­ing grand fi­nals.

The Trans­port Ac­ci­dent Com­mis­sion has recorded more than 190 deaths on Victorian roads this year, up more than 50 on the 2018 state road-toll this time last year.

Sgt Mcivor said in or­der to com­bat high-risk months and a ris­ing num­ber of lives lost on Victorian roads, Hor­sham High­way Patrol had up­graded its fleet with ad­di­tional high per­for­mance ve­hi­cles and tech­nol­ogy.

“Hor­sham High­way Patrol has ad­di­tional tools in its arse­nal now for com­bat­ing the state road toll,” he said.

“This co­in­cides with Dis­trict and Wim­mera foot­ball and net­ball league grand fi­nals and the state-wide Op­er­a­tion Score­board across the AFL grand-fi­nal week­end,” he said.

“All our high­way patrol ve­hi­cles are equipped with the most mod­ern tech­nol­ogy for speed, al­co­hol and drug de­tec­tion.

“We’re aim­ing at hav­ing as many units as pos­si­ble on the road and hav­ing a vis­i­ble po­lice pres­ence.”

Sgt Mcivor said he was pleased with driver be­hav­iour dur­ing Op­er­a­tion Argus, a state-wide blitz at the week­end that tar­geted poor driver be­hav­iour.

He warned mo­torists to con­tinue to ex­ert caution in com­ing months and en­cour­aged peo­ple to take reg­u­lar breaks to com­bat fatigue and en­sure their safety on the road.

“As far as se­ri­ous and fa­tal in­jury col­li­sions, Op­er­a­tion Argus was re­garded as a suc­cess. We had very well-be­haved driv­ers,” he said.

“We’ll be out in force again this week with the Triple J One Night Stand in Lucin­dale. We ex­pect a lot of traf­fic com­ing from Mel­bourne.

“Fatigue is a big is­sue. So, in or­der to com­bat that we ask mo­torists to take their time and have reg­u­lar breaks. Whether it be a cup of cof­fee, util­is­ing SES ser­vices when they have driver re­viver sta­tions or swap­ping driv­ers if you need to.”

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