The Bass Coast Highway Patrol, led by Sergeant Jason Hullick, will be kept busy with the upcoming MotoGP at Phillip Island. The highway patrol will be targeting distracted drivers and motorcycle safety.
THE statewide police operation, Motosafe, will operate in October to coincide with the Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island.
Sergeant Jason Hullick of Bass Coast Highway Patrol said police find road trauma involving motorbikes increases slightly in October.
“I think it’s mainly because we’re getting into the better weather now so a lot more people are getting out,” he said.
“They probably haven’t ridden much over the winter months so they might be a little bit rusty in their skills and attention.”
The operation will focus on rider safety and police will be making sure car drivers, truck drivers and motorbike riders are all riding and driving safely and not breaking any of the traffic laws.
Sgt Hullick said enforcements are only a small part of road safety.
“We don’t want to get the big stick out all the time and start dishing out tickets. It’s more about changing driver behaviour.
“Enforcement is part of that and the other part is education.
“Another part is getting the message out there to be safe and courteous on the road.”
Victoria Police will have an increased police presence on the roads throughout the week of the MotoGP and will be involved in traffic control throughout the event.