Motorists who make the wrong decisions can expect to hit a snag this weekend, with police set to saturate the roads as part of Operation Amity.
While Victorians enjoy the Australia Day long weekend, police across the state will be working around the clock to make sure celebrations don’t turn to tragedy.
Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Libby Murphy said the four-day operation would target the key causes of road trauma, particularly drink and drug driving, which continue to be one of the biggest challenges for police on the road.
“Every Victorian loves an excuse to join friends and family over a backyard barbecue, but we know long weekends can mean more risk on the roads, so we need everyone to be responsible and bring road safety into the equation,” AC Murphy said.
The commencement of the operation coincides with today’s National Day of Action, which sees all jurisdictions across the country combine their efforts into enforcing positive driver behaviour and lessening the incidence of trauma on our roads.
AC Murphy said it was an extra reminder for people to be aware of their actions, particularly with many motorists travelling to and from regional areas for festivals and Lunar New Year celebrations at this time of year.
“Our police will already be out in force for Operation Amity, so motorists have no excuse to do the wrong thing behind the wheel,” she said.
“We will be enforcing at every opportunity we get, but it’s also about having those important conversations with the community to educate and change behaviour.
“There may be the perception among some people that you can drink or take illicit drugs before jumping into the driver’s seat, but it’s this over-confidence and ignorance that can change lives forever.
“Last year we saw too many people killed on our roads, and too many families who are still grappling with the grief of losing a loved one, so we just can’t afford to see this year get off to the same start.”
Motorists can expect to be breath tested and drug tested as part of both Operation Amity and the National Day of Action.
Police will also be targeting seatbelt offences, fatigue, speeding and driver distraction during the four-day blitz.
“Speed and impairment limits are in place for a reason, and if you find yourself questioning whether you are close, just don’t drive,” AC Murphy said.
“It’s not worth not making it home to your family.”
Operation Amity runs from 12.01am on Friday 24 January to 11.59pm Monday 27 January 2020.