Victoria Police to increase presence throughout October


Motorists in Victoria will be under close scrutiny throughout October as Victoria Police embarks on a road safety crackdown

October 3, 2011

Motorists in Victoria will be under close scrutiny throughout October as Victoria Police embarks on a road safety crackdown.

Up to 100 police officers from State Highway Patrol will be conducting Operation Super Ardent in the top eight high-risk areas across Victoria: Benalla, Mitchell, Wangaratta, Yarra Ranges, Bass Coast, East Gippsland, Ballarat and Moorabool.

They will be joined by local police, members from the Operations Response Unit (ORU) and Road Policing Drug and Alcohol Section.

Victoria’s road toll has increased significantly during October over the past three years, with 36 people dying last year.

Deputy Commissioner Kieran Walshe says police will target speed, distraction, dangerous driving and drug and alcohol affected motorists. He has called on all road users to take extra care on the roads.

"October is the beginning of warmer months and with this we have experienced a significant rise in road trauma in recent years. Of the 36 deaths last October, 10 were motorcyclists. We know that as the weather heats up motorcyclists are more likely to get out on the bike," Walshe says.

"The simplest way to save lives on Victoria’s roads is for everyone to slow down and drive within the limit at a safe speed at all times."




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