Police out in force

Victoria Police will saturate holiday hot spots, regional highways and city roads as part of a four-day blitz to take dangerous, distracted and impaired drivers off our roads.

Victorian Minister for Police Lisa Neville joined Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer to launch Operation Arid, the state’s four-day operation to target speeding, drink and drug driving, failure to wear a seatbelt, fatigue and distraction.

The Labour Day weekend road policing operation will run from March 9 to 12 2018, commencing on March 9 2018 after midnight.

While police will be out in force across the state — five priority areas including Melbourne, Bendigo, Casey and Dandenong, Ballarat and the Mornington Peninsula have been identified.

Local members will be supported by the specialist resources including the Highway Patrol, Heavy Vehicle Unit, the Solo Unit motorcycles and the Operations Response Unit.

Police will deploy alcohol and drug buses across both metropolitan and regional Victoria across the four-day operation.

The Victorian Government has funded a fleet of 10 new alcohol and drug buses which will soon begin to roll-out state-wide.

The state-of-the-art buses will give police greater flexibility in targeting locations across regional Victoria, meaning they can target more areas, more often.

In 2017 police conducted 134,000 breath tests and 2,700 drug tests over the Labour Day long weekend.

The Government has invested $1.1 billion for a package for the Towards Zero strategy, including improving roads and safety infrastructure on metropolitan and regional roads.

Source: Vic Government