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Reduce your risks on the road this long weekend

Article Category  Dimboola Courier > Current News
Date Published  Saturday, March 10 2018
Author  Victoria Police

Reduce your risks on the road this long weekend
Holiday makers are urged to play it safe on the roads this long weekend with police focused on ridding the roads of dangerous, drink and drug affected drivers.

Even though the Labour Day weekend celebrates eight hours each of work, rest and play there’s no stopping our members who are working around the clock on Operation Arid.

The four day statewide road policing operation will look to hold motorists to account. Motorists, who speed, use their phones, drive without seatbelts, drink or drug drive or who are fatigued, should expect to be caught.

Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer said police will be looking to remove as many drink and drug drivers from the roads as possible.

“Last year we caught 78 drink drivers and 42 drug drivers each day of the operation. This is unacceptable,” AC Fryer said.

“We know over a long weekend people take the opportunity to get away and with motorists often driving on unfamiliar roads and in new environments any level of impairment is a recipe for disaster.

“Extra resources will be deployed to five priority areas including, Melbourne, Bendigo, Casey and Dandenong, Ballarat and the Mornington Peninsula.

“These areas have been identified after looking at the number of collisions, injuries and volume of trauma over previous years.

“We don’t want a repeat of last year either where four people lost their lives on the roads.

“Please slow down and drive to the conditions. It doesn’t take much; plan your journey, don’t drink if you’re going to drive and simply turn the mobile off.

“Reduce your risks on the road this weekend and follow the road rules.”

Operation Arid will run from 12.01 am on Friday 9 March until 11.59 pm Monday 12 March, 2018.

Last year’s Operation Arid results include:

  • 312 drink drivers
  • 168 drug drivers
  • 3208 speeding offences
  • 488 mobile phone offences
  • 309 seat belt offences
  • 99 vehicles impounded
  • 844 unregistered vehicles

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