|Victoria Police is focusing on keeping vulnerable road users safe and those who are drink and drug impaired off the roads this long weekend.
After an alarming amount of people losing their lives to Victorian roads this year, the four day state-wide road policing operation will look to hold motorists to account and have all available resources on the roads.
Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane said police will be looking to keep as many road users safe this weekend.
“We especially urge motorcyclists and country road users to do everything in their power to make themselves as safe as possible as these groups make up 80 per cent of our lives lost this year,” Assistant Commissioner Leane said.
“Please just 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 take that extra few minutes to drive at a speed that is appropriate to the conditions you are travelling in.”
“All too often we accept fatal crashes as a normal thing that just happens on long weekends,” Assistant Commissioner Leane said.
“Well I am saying one person is too many, let alone the 59 lives lost this year.
“The only acceptable number is zero, so we need the community to assist in ensuring that this weekend is safe for everyone.”
Just in time for the long weekend Victoria Police has received the last of its 10 alcohol and drug testing buses, which comprises of six smaller buses and four large buses. The bus is the sixth and final of the smaller buses to be delivered, and will directly assist police in targeting locations and backstreets previously inaccessible by the larger buses.
“Drivers can expected to be tested anywhere, at any time,” Assistant Commissioner Leane said.
“With Victoria Police drug testing more drivers than ever before, if you choose to get behind the wheel impaired, expect to be caught.”
Operation Arid will run from 12.01 am Friday 8 March to 11.59 pm Monday 11 March 2019.
Last year’s Operation Arid results included:
six lives lost
3129 speeding offences
441 mobile phone offences
262 seat belt offences
64 motorcyclists without a helmet
59 vehicles impounded
844 unregistered vehicles.