Aiming for zero

December 20, 2017

Be safe: Highway Patrol Eastern Region Division three Acting Senior Sergeant David Gillespie is urging people to take care on roads after Christmas.

Police across the Goulburn Valley will be adopting a no-tolerance policy this Christmas season.

Operation Roadwise started today and will conclude on January 7 at midnight with the goal of having no-one die on our roads.

Highway Patrol Eastern Region Division Three Acting Senior Sergeant David Gillespie said the operation would target speed, driver distraction, seat-belt compliance, fatigue and drink and drug driving.

Sen Sgt Gillespie said during last year’s operation two people died in the Mansfield area and police were determined to see no fatalities or serious injuries this time.

All police across the region will be committed to the operation, he said.

This commitment means there will be more police on our roads and extra resources will be sent across from Melbourne to support the operation.

The State Highway Patrol along with booze and drug buses and heavy vehicle units will monitor driver behaviour and police will also be using automatic number plate recognition.

The message to everyone during this time of year is that there will be an influx of traffic within the Goulburn Valley, Sen Sgt Gillespie said.

This will be sustained over a period of time and we want people to be patient on our roads and be mindful of others.

Sen Sgt Gillespie said people needed to plan their trips carefully and abide by speed limits and store their mobile phone in the glove box to avoid distraction.

Police members across the Goulburn Valley will also be supporting the TAC Enforcement campaign, which is focused on speed, drink driving and mobile phone use.

What we want to achieve is that everyone who uses the roads enjoys the Christmas and new year period and no-one is hurt or killed, Sen Sgt Gillespie said.

We ask the community to help us achieve that goal by playing their part.

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