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Police Issue Warning To Melburnians Ahead Of This Weekend

Victoria Police want to ensure everyone stays safe ahead of this weekend's Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in Phillip Island.

If you are heading down to Phillip Island for the event, you can expect to see police conducting random alcohol and drug tests, road blocks, speed enforcement, and using automated number plate recognition technology, to help remind motorists of their responsibility to stay safe on the roads.

There will also be highway patrol units out with support from the State Highway Patrol and Special Solo units.

Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer has said that Police were focusing on unlawful road users on and off road, speed, distraction and motorcycle trauma.

“We are making sure we have as many police as we can on the roads,” he said.

“The motorcycle grand prix turns our attention to the safety of riders, however we should all be reminded to pay attention and drive responsibly.

“Last year 27 people lost their lives on our roads in October. Forty-two motorcyclists, one pillion passenger and three off-road riders have died so far this year which is twice as many riders for the same time last year.

“Sadly these numbers mean nothing to a lot of people until they themselves lose a loved one on the roads. Each one of the lives lost has a ripple effect amongst family, friends and the community; thousands have been touched by these deaths.

“I was really impressed with the crowd as a whole last year and I expect the same again this year.

“I was particularly pleased with the behaviour of riders going to and from the island they were law abiding and importantly were riding safe.

“We want riding to be enjoyable but most of all we want it to be safe.

“So remember to plan ahead, think about the route you will be travelling, wear your protective gear and ride within your limits.”

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