Victoria

Drivers urged to be “Roadwise”

Victoria Police will be out in force over the festive season as part of a 24-day blitz to take dangerous, impaired and irresponsible drivers off our roads.

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan joined Victoria Police to launch Operation Roadwise, a massive campaign targeting drivers who are drug and alcohol affected, speeding, driving dangerously, on their phones or distracted.

Holidaymakers will also see a highly visible police presence on the roads to encourage positive behaviour behind the wheel.

Drivers are being urged to reduce their own risks on the road by practising stop revive survive strategies, staying off their mobile phone and being aware on unfamiliar roads.

Since 1 January, 237 people have lost their lives on our roads, with the main factors being speeding and impaired driving caused by alcohol, drugs and fatigue.

The Victorian Government is investing more than $1 billion to deliver safer roads across Victoria as part of the Towards Zero road safety strategy.

As part of the Government’s historic $2 billion police investment, Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology is being expanded across the highway patrol fleet, giving police the edge to identify unlicensed drivers, unregistered vehicles and crack down on dangerous and unauthorised drivers.

Operation Roadwise starts at 12.01am on Friday 15 December 2017 and runs until 11.59pm on Sunday 7 January 2018.

Source: Vic Government