Police target riders and drivers

MOTORCYCLE safety, both on and off-road, will be the focal point for Victoria Police’s Easter road safety operations.

As part of the nation-wide Operation Crossroads, police motorcycles and four-wheel drives will be patrolling high-road trauma areas around the state over the Easter break, with local Highway Patrol members to be out in force across Wellington Shire.

Wellington Highway Patrol Senior Constable Simon Gloster said police would be cracking down on poor driver behaviour during the long weekend.

“Among the things we’ll be on the lookout these holidays will be speeding, drink driving and just general bad behaviour on the roads,” he said.

“We’re appealing for both locals and travellers passing through the area to take it easy on our roads.”

The SES will have Driver Reviver stations along the Princes Highway at Rosedale and Stratford, where motorists are encouraged to stop, take a break and enjoy a free tea or coffee.

“We really urge people to bear in mind that driver fatigue is dangerous, and that taking regular breaks is a sensible thing to do,” Sen Const Gloster said.

“We want people to enjoy their holidays and to stay out of the emergency room.

“Let’s all try to have an accident-free holiday.”