Police out and about before Moto GP event
WANGARATTA Highway Patrol (WHP) has been taking part in Operation MotoSafe all this month in the lead up to this weekend’s Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island.
The operation, which will run throughout the entire Eastern Region, aims to reduce fatal and serious injury collisions in the region and putting motorcyclist safety at the forefront of drivers’ and riders’ minds.
There were 87 road- related deaths and 1341 persons injured in serious injury collisions in the Eastern Region in 2017, with 6.89 per cent (6) road deaths and 9.24 per cent (124) persons seriously injured of those occurring during the month of October.
During the operation police will focus on reduc- ing the number of serious injury collisions involving drink and drug drivers, as well as fatigue and driver error-related crashes.
WHP Acting Sergeant Patrick Murray said with the finer weather here more riders are getting their motorbikes out on the road.
“Their behaviour in our region has been good so far and, despite the increase in road users, on the most part they’ve been doing the right thing,” he said.
“We will maintain a higher than usual police presence to make sure the behaviour remains at that level.”
Eastern Region Road Policing Inspector Stewart Westfield said the operation’s focus would vary in each police response zone during the month-long period.
“We will target all aspects of road policing and all types of road users where risk-taking behaviour is evident,” he said.
“Motorcyclists are overrepresented in road trauma during the month of Octo- ber and as well as aiming to drive down road trauma, this is also about the hundreds of people affected each year by road deaths and serious injury collisions.”
The grand prix will be a major focus of the operation with a highly visible police presence ensuring visitors to Phillip Island arrive safely.
Between October 25 and 28, police will be on patrol in and around the race track and on all roads leading to Phillip Island.