Victoria Police are mounting a traffic blitz this Queen’s Birthday long weekend dubbed ‘‘Operation Regal’’.
The town of Benalla has been targeted as potential risk zone.
Acting Senior Sergeant David Gillespie said units operating out of Benalla would receive extra assistance for the blitz.
‘‘We’re going to have a drug bus. We’re going to have multiple automatic number-plate recognition units,’’ Sen Sgt Gillespie said.
‘‘We’re also going to have a zero tolerance for risk-taking behaviour on the roads.’’
Sen Sgt Gillespie also mentioned new laws relating to emergency service vehicles pulled over on the side of the state’s roads and highways.
‘‘A reminder to motorists to be patient on the roads and when you come across emergency vehicles with lights on obey road rule 79 and slow down to 40km/h when passing. That’s for your safety and the safety of emergency services workers,’’ he said.
Police will be tackling the key areas of speed, fatigue, distraction and drink and drug driving.
Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer said the Queen’s Birthday long weekend was a busy one on the state’s roads because it coincided with the opening of the Victorian ski season.
‘‘With the popularity of road trips to camping areas, trail bike riding and four-wheel driving, we do see increased traffic and risk in rural areas,’’ Asst Comm Fryer said.
‘‘I ask motorists to be mindful of changing environment conditions, to have patience, plan ahead and drive to the road conditions. Simply, take your time.
‘‘Country deaths are over represented in the lives lost on our roads and with five out of the six deaths on the Labour Day long weekend on country roads it’s sadly a sobering reality.’’
In the past five years, 14 people were killed on the state’s roads and 261 sustained serious injuries during Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
‘‘Police statewide will be focused on keeping our community safe this weekend. Let’s all do our part to make sure all road users make it home to their families,’’ Asst Comm Fryer said.
Operation Regal will run from midnight today until midnight Monday.