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Footy fever prompts VIC safety blitz

  • Posted on Wednesday 25th, September 2019.

Victoria Police will be out in force across Melbourne and regional Victoria over the Grand Final long weekend in the interests of improving road safety.

Premier, Daniel Andrews, and Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Lisa Neville, joined Victoria Police, the AFL and the Melbourne Cricket Club today to announce police will boost their presence for the long weekend to ensure everyone can celebrate safely.

Police will have a strong presence both inside and outside the MCG, as well as on nearby roads, car parks, train stations and other public venues. Footy goers are encouraged to enjoy the weekend but are reminded that anti-social behaviour won’t be tolerated.

Operation Scoreboard will also begin on Thursday night, with all available highway patrol members, local police officers and specialist resources to hit the roads as part of a four-day, state-wide road safety campaign.

Police will be ramping up their efforts to take dangerous, distracted and impaired drivers off our roads. They will be supported by specialist resources including alcohol and drug buses, the highway patrol, heavy vehicle unit, the solo unit motorcycles and the operations response unit.

There has been a 29 per cent increase in the number of lives lost when compared to the same time last year with 207 fatalities, including 117 on regional roads.

The Victorian Government has invested more than $120 million to boost enforcement and investigate new technology to target distracted and speeding drivers.

This follows the Government’s $1.4 billion investment in improving roads and safety infrastructure in Melbourne and regional Victoria.

An additional 3,135 new police are being deployed across the state by 2022 as part of the government’s $3 billion investment in Victoria Police, which is also delivering more roadside drug tests and Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology across the highway patrol fleet.

“The Grand Final is the biggest sporting event in the country, and we want it to be safe and enjoyable for everyone,” said Andrews. “Whether you’re in town soaking up footy fever or heading away for the long weekend, police will be out in force helping to keep us safe.”

(Image: Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews.)

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