Bendigo police were part of
a national campaign this week.

On Tuesday, police across the country ran a road policing operation as a direct response to the terrible year on Australian roads.

Police are saying while one life lost on the road should be one too many, it seems that the message of driving safely is not getting through.

Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane said enforcement was a critical element of changing road
user behaviour.

“This year a lot of people are dying on our roads who do not need to be,” AC Leane said.

“Each state used intelligence to determine what driver behaviours were a priority, and had police out enforcing against them.”

While regional and rural roads are a priority for every state, the community can expect Victoria Police to also be cracking down on drivers choosing to break the law and speed.

“Speed kills, it’s just physics. Eighty kilometres an hour may not seem fast, but if you hit a tree, a signpost, a light pole, or another vehicle at that speed – it could have deadly consequences,” AC Leane said.

“At the end of the day, we just want people to make it home to their friends and family. Unfortunately, this year, this has not happened for 190 Victorians.”