Eastern region ramp up motorcycle safety

For the month of October, police in the state’s east will take part in Operation MotoSafe, which aims to keep motorcyclists safe and free from injury.

The operation will run throughout eastern Victoria and coincides with the MotoGP Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2019.

Eastern Region Road Policing Inspector Stephen Cooper said that this year has been a particularly challenging year on Victorian roads, with a lot of the trauma taking place in country Victoria.

“At the beginning of the year we saw a lot of fatalities and serious injuries involving motorcyclists,” Insp Cooper said.

“With the warmer weather encouraging riders to get back on their motorcycles, we want everyone to know that police will be out enforcing against those who engage in risky behaviour.”

During the operation police will focus on reducing the incidence and severity of road trauma, targeting drivers impaired by alcohol and drugs, as well as fatigue.

The Grand Prix will be a major focus of the operation with a highly visible police presence ensuring visitors to Phillip Island arrive safely.

Between 25 and 27 October, police will be on patrol in and around the race track and on all roads leading to Phillip Island.

“With increased motorcycle traffic in the area, we need both motorcyclists and other road users to be alert and aware of their surroundings,” Insp Cooper said.

“The Grand Prix weekend is one motorcycle enthusiasts enjoy and look forward to every year.

“The last thing we would want is for it to end in tragedy.”

Operation MotoSafe is designed to ensure a maximum visible policing presence to reduce road trauma on Victoria’s roads, in particular involving motorcycles and will run in Monash, Boroondara, Whitehorse, Manningham, Maroondah, Yarra Ranges, Knox, Shepparton, Mitchell, Benalla, Wangaratta, Wodonga, Baw Baw, Bass Coast, Latrobe, East Gippsland and Wellington Police Service Areas (PSAs).

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