Keeping everyone on the road safe, with an emphasis on vulnerable road users, will be the focus of Somerville Highway Patrol over the summer months.
Distractions such as mobile phone use, as well as impairment factors like alcohol and drugs would be key focuses of the operation.
Acting Sergeant Brian Bourke said the campaign would serve as a reminder that safety on the roads was a collaborative effort and not exclusive to particular groups.
“Cyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and drivers all have a role to play in keeping everyone on the road safe,” he said.
“Driving on the road is a privilege, not a right.
“We simply won’t tolerate anyone who abuses this privilege and jeopardises our community on the road.
“Getting behind the wheel drunk or on drugs is fraught with danger and we have seen time and time again how this can result in deadly consequences.”
“By the same token, pedestrians are urged to be aware of their surroundings and keep their mobile phone use and road use separate.”
A/Sgt BOURKE said that the focus would serve as a reminder that safety on the roads was a collaborative effort and not exclusive to particular groups.
We want all road users to look out for each other and be mindful of the impacts road trauma has on individuals, families and the wider community.
“When travelling at speed, even at or below the limit, the cost of one bad decision can be catastrophic.
“Not crossing at traffic lights, disobeying a traffic signal or stop sign, changing lanes without indicating or a head check and failing to wear a bicycle helmet are among a number of factors that have resulted in people being badly injured or killed on our roads.
“No one should lose their lives on our roads and we need to make sure people are doing everything possible to contribute to the safety of their fellow motorists.
“We’ll be looking at all aspects of road safety including speed, traffic sign and signal compliance and safety equipment for bicycles.
“We urge everyone to please take care on and around our roads and keep safe heading into Christmas and New Year.”
Somerville Highway Patrol