Take care as traffic increases

Take care as traffic increases

As we head into the Christmas holiday period, motorists are being urged to take care on the roads and avoid taking unnecessary risks as traffic increases during the busy period.

Police are stressing that road safety is a shared responsibility, starting with the driver.

There will be an increased police presence on the roads as the statewide Operation Roadwise gets underway on Friday and runs until January 6.

Police will be focusing on drink and drug driving, driver distraction, speed, fatigue, tailgating and seat belt offences.

Unit Commander of Bairnsdale Highway Patrol, Sergeant Dwayne Morrison, said locally police will target Bengworden Road and traffic diverting through Lindenow attempting to avoid roadworks.

“While it’s not illegal to take these detours, police advise against it because those roads are not considered as safe as the Princes Highway,” Sgt Morrison said.

“Police have noticed an increase in traffic using these detours in recent weeks, especially through Lindenow.”

Sgt Morrison says roadworks on the Princes Highway will grind to a halt over the Christmas period in any case and urged motorists to stick to the Princes Highway when commuting between Sale and Bairnsdale.

Roadworks between Stratford and Bairnsdale will shut down around noon on Friday, December 21, and won’t re-start until Monday, January 7.

Works on the Stratford roundabout will also cease on December 21 for three weeks.

No works are programmed between Stratford and Sale.