Victoria Police will be undertaking a state-wide road policing operation over the coming Melbourne Cup long weekend.

The special policing effort called Operation Furlong, will see police out in force from Friday, November 2 to Tuesday, November 6, focusing on drink and drug driving, speed, distraction, fatigue and seatbelt use.

This year, we’ll be doing everything we can to deter dangerous behaviour and to catch those putting themselves and other road users at risk.

Alcohol and drug testing sites will also be deployed throughout the Bass Coast and South Gippsland areas with officers testing as many motorists and riders as possible.

The message is simple, according to the officer in charge of the Bass Coast Highway Patrol, Unit Commander Sergeant Pete Pearce, if you are going to drink or use drugs, don’t drive.

“If everyone slows down, turns off their mobile phone, puts on their seatbelt, takes regular breaks on long journeys to avoid fatigue and doesn’t drive after drinking or taking drugs, we will save lives,” Sgt Pearce said.

“We also want everyone to get to where they’re going and to get home safely.

“This weekend should be about families and friends creating memories they can share forever, not a time to be preparing memorials for a loved one.”