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Road safety a priority in Wimmera


Wimmera police are urging people to plan ahead, be alert and follow the road rules to ensure a safe festive season.

Acting Inspector Brendan Broadbent said police would target drivers not following the road rules on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.

“There will be a focus on drink-driving and drug-driving,” he said.

Insp Broadbent advised drivers to plan their trips to parties and events.

“Organise how you are going to get home if you are drinking,” he said.

“Get a designated driver, or ask your parents or a friend, or book a taxi.”

As well being a part of the state-wide police operation Operation Summer Stay, Wimmera police have been and are continuing to run smaller operations over the Christmas period.

Insp Broadbent said Operation Break-Up, from December 8 to 22, targeted people travelling from Christmas parties.

He said police were focusing on drink-drivers and people not wearing their seatbelts.

“We are noticing a lot of people aren’t wearing seatbelts at the moment,” he said.

Insp Broadbent said it was vital people followed the road rules all year round, but even more important during the festive season.

“Police really step things up at this time of year,” he said.

“If there is a tragic collision at this time of year, things are amplified because it’s a time when families are getting together for Christmas.”

Insp Broadbent said that with more traffic on the roads, drivers needed to be plan ahead for long trips and be alert at all times.


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