LOCAL police officers were heaving a big sigh of relief on Monday this week as holiday crowds headed back home after a mercifully safe Easter break.
But it wasn’t without trying on the part of the police, and also the motorists.
“Thankfully we haven’t had any serious incidents,” said Acting Senior Sergeant Jason Hullick of the Wonthaggi Police Station.
“We’ve had a couple of minor collisions and we’ve done a lot of drink-driver and drug-driver testing over the weekend but without much to report there either.
“We’ve had support from State Highway Patrol officers as well, which has been good and that will extend for another six days yet.
“But, yes, so far so good and we thank drivers for their care and patience on the road,” he said.
The drug and drink-driver testing efforts, and extra patrols form part of Operation Nexus, a state-wide road safety focus for all police until Anzac Day.
Police are targeting speed, fatigue, distraction, seatbelt non-compliance and impaired driving in an effort to reduce road trauma and raise awareness around road user behaviour.
The operation runs for 13 days from midnight on Thursday, April 13 until 11.59pm hours Tuesday, April 25.
Patient drivers earn police praise