Obey road signs: Highway Patrol

THE floods of recent days have seen many drivers disobeying road closure signs, with several drivers needing assistance, according to Latrobe Highway Patrol.

Acting Sergeant Grant Phillips said while no major collisions had taken place as a result of the floods, drivers disobeying road signs had been the unit’s “biggest problem”.

“Road closures are there for a reason; we don’t have the resources to man every road block,” Actg Sgt Phillips said, adding people believed they could drive through floodwaters despite it being clearly marked the roads were closed.

“Especially on the Traralgon-Tyers Road and Traralgon-Maffra Road, we are hearing of people getting into trouble.”

He said people should be aware there may be damage caused to the road given the large volume of water going over it, and people could lose track of their perception of where the road runs.

“These are big safety issues,” he said, adding Latrobe Highway Patrol had been resourced as normal, with three units out on the road yesterday.

He reminded the public fines could be imposed for disobeying road closure signs.

“You’re not only putting your life in danger, but other people as well,” Actg Sgt Phillips said.