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VicPol To Hit The Road

VicPol To Hit The Road

Operation Compass To Target Dangerous Drivers

Victoria Police is gearing up for an increase in traffic on regional roads over the next three weekends as tourists from Melbourne and across the state enjoy what the south west has to offer.

With this increase in traffic, Victoria Police is planning for the worst but hoping for the best, launching Operation Compass to try and influence bad driver behaviour.

The additional state-wide operation comes at a critical time for Victorians, with thousands of drivers, cyclists, motorcyclists, new P-Platers, caravanners and truck drivers anticipated to share the road as they head off on a well-deserved break.

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Police will be using an intelligence-based approach to target locations and major arterials law-breaking drivers are expected to be. This includes behaviour such as speeding, drink and drug driving, people not wearing seatbelts, mobile phone use and fatigue.

With restaurants, pubs and wineries open for service, the community can be reassured police will be out conducting both PBTs and drug tests to get dangerous drivers off our roads.

There will be an increased police presence at popular holiday destinations, across the state but will target Ballarat, Geelong, the Bellarine Peninsula, the Great Ocean Road and more.

Drivers heading to popular coastal locations are urged to pay extra attention for pedestrians and cyclists around busy parks and beaches, and drive accordingly.

As a part of Operation Compass enhanced police enforcement will take place from:

• 12.01am on Thursday 12 November to 11.59pm on Sunday 15 November

• 12.01am on Thursday 19 November to 11.59pm on Sunday 22 November

• 12.01am on Thursday 26 November to 11.59pm on Sunday 29 November

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