Road safety

Local police urge road safety on Easter

Police are reminding residents to be careful and attentive on the roads during the Easter holidays.

Broadmeadows Senior Sergeant Bradley Towers, who was previously stationed in Sunbury, said police had always seen a lot of people on the roads at Easter.

“Especially on Thursday evening and Good Friday morning, people leave all the arteries and head into the country, and vice versa, returning home on Monday afternoon and Monday evening,” Senior Sergeant Towers said.

“We want a period without fatalities or serious injuries, obviously we want people to get away and enjoy their family time over Easter and be safe on our roads.

“There is a traffic police operation taking place over Easter, and we will have a lot of visible police presence.”

Senior Sergeant Towers said there would be highway patrols and marked and unmarked police vehicles in the area, on major thoroughfares including the Calder, Hume and Tullamarine freeways, and on the Western Ring Road.

“They will target all of these issues, like people using their phones and people speeding,” he said.

“We are always looking to reduce road tolls and keep the community safe.”

He said since the pandemic and various lockdowns in Victoria he has seen driving get worse as people get back on the roads.

“It’s not just about trying to keep the community safe, you have to remember that the police are the community and the community is the police too,” Senior Sergeant Towers said.

“We have family who are going to be on these roads, and the person we can detect speeding may have stopped that speed, causing an accident and seriously injuring someone.

“We just want everyone to have a safe and happy Easter, and come back the way they left Melbourne.”

Elsie Lange