Goulburn Valley police are looking to the community to get involved in the Road to Zero campaign and take ownership of road trauma.RIAHN SMITH April 2, 2014 4:14am
Police will be enforcing the road rules in strength during the statewide Road to Zero campaign, Superintendent Mick Sayer says.
Goulburn Valley police will be targeting driver behaviour during the next three months as part of a campaign to tackle road trauma.
Road to Zero is a statewide campaign aiming to involve communities in reducing the death toll.
Twenty-four people died on Goulburn Valley roads last year.
The death toll for this year already stands at nine.
The region’s Superintendent Mick Sayer said the figures indicated an ‘‘alarming complacency’’ about road trauma within the community.
He said research showed speed and careless driving were among the leading causes of road trauma in Victoria.
‘‘We need to change this culture and get the community to collectively take ownership of road trauma,’’ Supt Sayer said.
‘‘It’s time for the community to stand together and decide that enough is enough and we will no longer accept that people are dying needlessly on our roads.
‘‘We want the community to get involved — for parents to talk about road trauma at the dinner table, for young people to look out for their friends and stop them from making poor decisions, for people to think before they act.
‘‘If everyone made a few small changes — things like driving within the speed limit, turning off your mobile phone while driving and staying clear of the driver’s seat after drinking — we could make a big impact on road trauma and ultimately save lives.’’
Supt Sayer said in addition to community awareness, the campaign would also include high visibility policing.
‘‘We’re going to be saturating the Goulburn Valley area with police focusing on enforcing the road rules,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s about keeping our roads safe for our families and friends, so we will be out there in force, targeting people who are breaking the law.’’
The redevelopment of Shepparton Library, which will feature accessible shelving, a teen-specific area, a Skype booth and internet-enabled work stations, will be completed in the next two months.
The Ovens & Murray qualifying final between Yarrawonga and Lavington on Saturday left spectators talking more about the standard of umpiring than the two competing teams.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
The Kiss Angels, 50 Shades of Hope team have come up with a creative way of fundraising for the Relay for Life, a purple potty.
District hotels and businesses may change rosters with penalty rates for casual employees on Sundays set to be cut.
Students visit local businesses for reading lessons
Bottle thrown at Jason Cole in bitter aftermath to Seymour-Benalla game on Saturday.
A truck driver is lucky to be alive after crashing into a Jerilderie home yesterday morning.
Chef and co-owner of Heathcote’s Willow Room Brent Loam is thrilled with the listing in the 2015 Age Good Food Guide
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
TRUCKtalk magazine all the rage with local truck drivers.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
An unknown sum of money was stolen from Benalla Golf Club this morning after thieves broke into its gaming room.
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