LOCAL police will be out in force across the Queen’s Birthday long weekend as part of Operation Regal.
The four-day operation runs from today (Friday, June 11) to 11.59pm on Monday, June 14.
Police will be targeting speed, alcohol and drug-impaired driving, fatigue, driver distraction and a failure to wear seatbelts.
It will run in conjunction with Operation Sentinel, which is limiting the movement of Melburnians into regional Victoria to prevent the spread of the recent COVID-19 outbreak.
While people living in metropolitan Melbourne will be banned from travelling into regional areas this long weekend, police are still preparing for regional Victorians to hit the road in high numbers.
Road Policing Assistant Commissioner Libby Murphy said motorists could expect to see a bolstered police presence on the roads.
“With regional Victorians free to travel across the state, we’re still anticipating a busy weekend on regional roads and major arterials,” Assist Comm Murphy said.
“Poor weather conditions are expected across the long weekend, with damaging winds, heavy rain, snow and potential flooding.
“If you’re heading to the snow, remember that travelling on alpine roads in winter can be dangerous.”
Ninety-four lives were lost on Victorian roads to date in 2021, with 50 per cent of fatalities occurring on roads in country or regional Victoria.
Over the past five Queen’s Birthday long weekends, there have been 17 lives lost on our roads and a further 980 people injured.
Operation Regal will involve personnel from all local road policing units, general duties, and other operational policing units, with targeted deployment of mobile speed cameras, Automated Number Plate Recognition vehicles and Alcohol and Drug Testing vehicles.