Shepparton police out in force this Australia Day long weekend

By Liz Mellino

Shepparton police are preparing for the Australia Day long weekend, with additional resources expected to be out patrolling our roads.

Statewide Operation Amity kicks off from 12.01 am tomorrow, running until 11.59 pm on Monday.

Aiming to reinforce positive driving behaviors, Shepparton Highway Patrol Acting Sergeant Michael Jarrett said local police would be working to reduce the incidence of road trauma across the four days.

“Long weekends are a time to get together and celebrate with family and friends and we want people to enjoy themselves, however we need you to travel safely,” he said.

Act Sgt Jarrett confirmed police would be highly visible on Greater Shepparton roads during the operation.

Targeting the main causes of fatal and serious collisions, police will be focusing on drink and drug driving, speeding, driver distraction, fatigue and seatbelt offences.

“It’s quite simple - don’t drink or use drugs and then drive, wear your seatbelt, put your mobile phone out of reach and don’t speed,” Act Sgt Jarrett said.

“Stay alert, stay sober and stay alive.”

Act Sgt Jarrett reminded motorists that police would be intercepting vehicles, conducting breath and drug tests and checking the speeds of vehicles.

With an influx of road users expected within Greater Shepparton over the coming days, drivers are being urged to allow extra travel time and take regular breaks.

“We know many people enjoy travelling to holiday destinations and with this comes more traffic on our roads - if you are travelling long distances take regular breaks or share the driving,” Act Sgt Jarrett said.