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Operation Furlong

Operation Furlong

Operation Furlong Gets Underway This Weekend

Southwest drivers hitting the roads over the coming weekend are being urged to plan ahead and keep road safety in mind.

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Operation Furlong, an annual road policing operation that takes place over the Melbourne Cup Carnival weekend, will be happening across metropolitan, regional and rural Victoria, with an additional police presence to ensure drivers are doing the right thing.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville joined Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane ahead of Victoria Police’s latest weekend road safety crackdown and issued a reminder to drivers.

“We’ll be seeing an increase in traffic and we’re reminding people who may be out celebrating the Melbourne Cup Carnival to plan ahead and make sure they get home safely. If you think you’re unfit to drive, don’t. It’s better to play it safe than play with your life.”

Operation Furlong will work to save lives and reduce road trauma, with a focus on drink and drug driving, speed, fatigue, seatbelt offences and driver distraction, including mobile phone use.

Last year’s Operation Furlong detected 3346 speeding offences, 254 drink drivers, 215 drug drivers, and 200 disqualified or suspended drivers. More than 940 unregistered vehicles were detected, 240 people were caught without seatbelts, and 362 driving without licences. Disappointingly, more than 570 people were caught using mobile phones while driving last year, which significantly increases the risk of a crash.

All available police resources will be on patrol across the state this long weekend to target these dangerous behaviours as part of the operation, including local front line units.

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