POLICE will be out in force in the Wimmeraover the Labour Day long weekend for Operation ARID.
Police will bepatrolling high-risk areas across thestate from Friday to Monday.
Members will be scanning numberplates, administering breath-tests, drug tests and monitoring speed.
Police will beusing BlueNet vehicles, motorcycles, marked and unmarked police cars, Automatic Number Plate Recognition, drug and booze buses and mobile speed cameras.
Western Division FourInspector Rebecca Olsen warned people police would be targeting the Western Highway in particular.
“At the weekend Operation ARID will see a significant increase in police along the Western Highway as one of the state’s largest transport routes,” she said.
Mrs Olsen said fatigue was one of the biggest challenges for Wimmera police on the roads.
She encouraged drivers to monitor their tiredness over the weekend while driving.
“Often with a long weekend we see people squeezing large distances into an unrealistic time-frame and this causes fatigue,” she said.
“Drivers should ensure they rest and share the driving and plan their trips taking rests along the way.”
Mrs Olsen said Wimmera police would also venture off the highway to monitor vehicle safety over the four days.
“There will be an increased focus around off road motor bikes with the recreational riders heading off road,” she said.
“Within the Wimmera we have seen a significant increase in off-road collisions involving motor bikes.”
She urged people to ride responsibly.
“In those more remote areas ensure that you wear your safety equipment,” she said.
“Dress for the slide not the ride.
“Also, riding motorbikes and consuming alcohol do not mix.”
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