Police aim for zero

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Police aim for zero

WHILE South Gippsland escaped 2015 with a lower road toll compared to 2014, state-wide more people died on the roads.

After six people were killed on roads in South Gippsland and Bass Coast shires in 2014, four died last year.

However, 256 fatalities state-wide in 2015 increased the Victorian road toll by seven.

With the Transport Accident Commission’s (TAC) new slogan “Towards Zero” in mind, Bass Coast Highway Patrol is determined to finish 2016 with no fatalities.

“Locally there were fewer fatalities but we still had people doing the wrong thing and quite a number of serious injuries,” Leading Senior Constable Alan Piening said.

“People need to be more aware and plan their trips properly.”

LS/C Piening said inattention was one of the major causes of accidents, as well as excessive speed.

To combat this behaviour over the Christmas- New Year period, highway patrol officers and the police from the State Highway Patrol were involved in Operation Road Safety throughout South Gippsland.

Generally police were happy with local behaviour but were forced to keep a close eye on holidaymakers.

“Some people tend to forget their manners when they are on holiday. People need to remember there are others out on the roads and they need to be considerate,” LS/C Piening said.

Police also monitored drivers via random breath testing and drug testing, with four drivers returning positive drug tests.

“It doesn’t matter what time of the day it is, we are still picking people up for drink and drug driving,” LS/C Piening said.

“We are also catching many people speeding. The speed limit is not a target; drive to the conditions.”

LS/C Piening said summer was the best time to ensure cars were roadworthy.

“We’ve pulled up people for a lot of different offences, including little things like drivers still not making sure their registration or licence is current,” he said.

“It’s a simple thing to check – just get on the VicRoads website or call VicRoads for advice. It’s also a good time to check your tyres and get your car serviced.”

Police will also be cracking down on seatbelts and mobile phone use.

“It is the driver’s responsibility to make sure everyone in the car is wearing their seatbelts properly, not tucked under their arms. Also, remember to check children’s car seats to check they are buckled in correctly as well,” LS/C Piening said.

Police will be running normal operations during 2016, including running automatic number plate readings and more frequent random breath and drug tests.

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