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Patrol Revs Up Fleet

Patrol Revs Up Fleet

Photo taken by Paul Carracher "The Weekly Advertiser"

Patrol revs up fleet for safety

Written by Lotte Reiter "The Weekly Advertiser"

Wimmera and Mallee motorists can expect to see an increase in police presence on roads as officers attempt to combat a rising state road-toll.

Following a ‘successful’ state road-policing campaign at the weekend, Horsham Highway Patrol units will be out in full force across the coming months.

Horsham Sergeant Dale McIvor said September and October were traditionally high-risk months for travellers for serious and fatal injury collisions, particularly because of sporting grand finals.

The Transport Accident Commission has recorded more than 190 deaths on Victorian roads this year, up more than 50 on the 2018 state road-toll this time last year.

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Sgt McIvor said in order to combat high-risk months and a rising number of lives lost on Victorian roads, Horsham Highway Patrol had upgraded its fleet with additional high performance vehicles and technology.

“Horsham Highway Patrol has additional tools in its arsenal now for combating the state road toll,” he said.

“This coincides with District and Wimmera football and netball league grand finals and the state-wide Operation Scoreboard across the AFL grand-final weekend,” he said.

“All our highway patrol vehicles are equipped with the most modern technology for speed, alcohol and drug detection.

“We’re aiming at having as many units as possible on the road and having a visible police presence.”

Sgt McIvor said he was pleased with driver behaviour during Operation Argus, a state-wide blitz at the weekend that targeted poor driver behaviour.

He warned motorists to continue to exert caution in coming months and encouraged people to take regular breaks to combat fatigue and ensure their safety on the road.

“As far as serious and fatal injury collisions, Operation Argus was regarded as a success. We had very well-behaved drivers,” he said.

“We’ll be out in force again this week with the Triple J One Night Stand in Lucindale. We expect a lot of traffic coming from Melbourne.

“Fatigue is a big issue. So, in order to combat that we ask motorists to take their time and have regular breaks. Whether it be a cup of coffee, utilising SES services when they have driver reviver stations or swapping drivers if you need to.”

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