Police out in force for festive season

Winchelsea police officer Senior Constable Paul Bowden and his colleagues will be targeting risky driving during the festive season to keep all motorists safe.

Colac and district police have increased patrols this week to get the message out that “the party is over for motorists who take risks”.

Police, the Transport Accident Commission and VicRoads have joined forces to tackle road safety over the festive period, with the state road toll at 277, 35 more than last year, which includes a Colac father killed in a crash at Irrewarra in August.

Colac police have also made a plea to district drivers to slow down and take care after officers attended four district crashes on the weekend.

The TAC has launched a remake of its well-known The Party’s Over campaign, coinciding with the start of Victoria Police Operation Roadwise, which reminds motorists that police are targeting risky driving behaviours including speed, distraction and drink and drug driving.

VicRoads is also joining the campaign and urging all road users to make sure they “arrive alive”, with a focus on travellers slowing down for roadworks on the Princes Highway between Winchelsea and Colac, and the Great Ocean Road.

The road authority is also supporting police at Winchelsea with temporary signs warning motorists to observe traffic lights in the town, after community concerns about the number of drivers running red lights since the completion of road duplication work.

For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.

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