VICTORIA Police will be on the roads over the next four days conducting Operation Regal.
The operation is the latest of the operations from police targeting driver behaviour in busy periods on the state’s roads.
In the past five years, 14 deaths have occurred over the Queens Birthday weekend in Victoria and Victoria Police data shows there have been 261 serious injuries as a result of crashes.
Last year saw two people killed over the long weekend, which coincides with the opening of the Victorian snow season.
Many travellers will be using regional and rural roads as they go to camping areas, prompting an extra message of caution from Victoria Police Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer.
“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,” he said.
“Country deaths are over represented in the lives lost on our roads and with five out of the six deaths over the Labour Day long weekend on country roads it’s sadly a sobering reality.”
AC Fryer said enforcement will vary across Victoria with police patrolling major arterials, popular tourist areas, back streets and main roads.
Drink and drug driving will be a major focus of the operation.
Bendigo is not among the priority Police Service Areas being targeted as part of the operation, with officers focusing more heavily on the Moreland, Geelong, Benalla, Mitchell and Yarra Ranges PSAs.
Operation Regal will run from 12.01am Friday June 8 until 11.59pm Monday night.
Motorists in the Bendigo region will have access to Driver Reviver stops, being run by SES volunteers.
The sites will be open at Heathcote from 2pm to 11pm today, Marong and Eaglehawk from 3pm to midnight today and 9am to 5pm on Monday and at Huntly today and from 10am to 8pm on Monday.