Victoria Police’s Operation Arid will monitor roads across the state this long weekend with police expecting high levels of traffic in some areas.

The operation will run from Friday morning to Monday night.

Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Libby Murphy said that Victoria Police are expecting an increase in the number of people out and about over the weekend.

“We are expecting an increase in traffic volumes along roads that lead to national parks, as well as on and around highways. With Victorians heading out camping, hiking and enjoying our state, we anticipate that people will be driving on roads that are unfamiliar and in conditions that come with risks,” she said.

Officers are expecting a high volume of vehicles peeling off the main arterials to travel to campgrounds along feeder roads.

“Police will use every opportunity to be visible, to intercept and to educate drivers. If you see a police car along a major arterial or road that leads to your campground, we hope you will think twice before engaging in risky behaviour later in your journey or across the weekend.

Police across the Wimmera will have a particular focus on fatigue given recent accidents.

“We cannot be everywhere, but we ask that people take responsibility and help us ensure that everyone makes it home to their loved ones this long weekend.”