Incidents prompt police warning

LOCAL police are urging motorists take care on the roads this weekend, after a number of recent accidents.

A 68-year-old Coongulla man was injured and his 70 year-old old female passenger was seriously injured in a collision on Lanigan’s Rd, Maffra West Upper, last Thursday.

The driver failed to take a bend and the vehicle rolled, trapping the occupants in the vehicle, about 11.15am.

Police are still investigating the cause of the collision.

A 56-year-old Sale man and four occupants of a Toyota Rav 4 were fortunate to escape injury, following a collision at the intersection of the Princes Highway and Rosedale-Maffra Rd about 7.20am on Sunday.

Police believe the driver of the Rav 4 failed to give way at the intersection.

In addition, the booze bus was also in Sale and Rosedale last weekend.

Police said it was disappointing to see three vehicles impounded for unauthorised driving and drink driving offences, 11 penalty notices and three summons offences detected for a range of registration and unauthorised driving offences.

Over this Easter holiday period, police will be out in force for Operation Nexus, which will run from Thursday to Monday.

Operation Nexus will be conducted throughout all operational police regions and police service areas across the five days, using all available personnel from local road policing units, general duties and other regional resources.

During the operation, centralised resources from the State Highway Patrol, Solo Unit, Heavy Vehicle Unit, RPDAS, ANPR and ORU, where possible, will support the identified high risk areas.

The major focus of the operation will be on speed, fatigue, impaired driving, distraction offences and seatbelt compliance.

The aim, in addition to detecting offences, is to provide a highly visible and mobile police presence to reinforce positive driving behaviours and lessen the incidence of road trauma.