Extra traffic patrols on roads this weekend.JENNA BISHOP July 12, 2014 3:04am
Victoria Police is urging the community to join it in an effort to reduce road trauma as it launches extra patrols across regional areas this weekend.
So far this year, 135 deaths have been recorded on Victorian roads, 15 more than the same time last year.
Victoria Police Traffic Adviser Senior Sergeant Ralph Willingham urged drivers to take care with ongoing inclement weather, the end of school holidays and a bumper snow season.
‘‘Police throughout the Goulburn Valley, along with support from the State Highway Patrols, will be concentrating on those road user behaviours that most contribute to our local road trauma, including speeding, fatigue, distraction, mobile phone use, impaired driving, crossing double lines and inattention,’’ Sen Sgt Willingham said.
‘‘Road users can expect to see variable message boards promoting safe driving practices, speed cameras, drug and alcohol testing and enforcement as we take strong action against those jeopardising the safety of themselves and other road users.’’
Sen Sgt Willingham said marked and unmarked police vehicles and motorcycles would be on patrol in the Goulburn Valley in an effort to reduce road trauma.
‘‘Whilst enforcement is a tool to reduce road trauma, it is the community themselves that can make the greatest contribution to reducing the deaths on our roads but also the many more that are seriously injured, some 5500 people in 2013,’’ he said.
‘‘We are asking all road users to partner with Victoria Police to reduce our road trauma — it’s not something Victoria Police can achieve on their own.’’
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