Police target east

FOR the next three months, police in the east of the state will take part in Operation Eastern, aiming to reduce fatal and serious injury collisions in the region.

There were 88 road-related deaths in the eastern region last year, with 30 per cent (27) of those occurring between June and August.

Police will focus on reducing the number of serious injury collisions involving drunk and drugged drivers, as well as fatigue and driver error-related crashes.

Vulnerable road user groups such as pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists will also form part of the focus, with heavy vehicles, younger and older drivers to receive attention.

Police from the State Highway Patrol, Solo Unit and Road Policing Drug and Alcohol Section will assist members from local highway patrols.

Eastern Region road policing inspector Stewart Westfield said the operation’s focus would be vary.

“We will target all aspects of road policing and all types of road users where risk taking behaviour is evident,” he said.

“As well as aiming to drive the road toll down, this is also about the hundreds affected each year by serious injury collisions.”

Operation Eastern will continue until August 31 in Latrobe, East Gippsland and Wellington police service areas, among others.