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Regional roads the focus of Operation Compass


Victoria Police are preparing for a flurry of traffic on regional roads over the next three weekends, as Melbournians get some respite from the city following a 15 week coronavirus lock down.

And Ballarat is tipped to be a travel hotspot given our attractions, food & wine, heritage and wide open spaces.
Operation Compass has been launched in a bid to curb bad driver behaviour, which includes speeding, drink and drug driving and not wearing seat-belts.

The operation comes at a critical time for Victorians, with thousands of drivers, cyclists, motorcyclists, new P-Platers, caravanners and truck drivers anticipated to share the road as they head off on a well-deserved break.

Police will be using an intelligence-based approach to target locations and major arterials law-breaking drivers are expected to be, such as the Western Freeway. Police have also confirmed that booze buses will return to regional roads after being removed during the peak of the pandemic.

Over the past four weeks, 21 people have lost their life on Victorian roads.
As a part of Operation Compass enhanced police enforcement will take place from:

• 12.01am on Thursday 12 November to 11.59pm on Sunday 15 November

• 12.01am on Thursday 19 November to 11.59pm on Sunday 22 November

• 12.01am on Thursday 26 November to 11.59pm on Sunday 29 November


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