Zero road toll aim this Christmas

GIPPSLAND drivers are asked to take care on the roads this holiday period, with police and MPs pushing for a zero road toll.

Traralgon police Senior Sergeant Melanie Hamshere said during last year’s Christmas period 10 lives were lost on the roads.

“One fatality or serious injury collision on our roads is not acceptable and we should aim for zero,” Snr Sgt Hamshere said.

Over the coming weeks drivers will notice an increase in police presence, both in town and on the highways.

Snr Sgt Hamshere said although the message was the same each year, it was one that needed constant reinforcement.

“If we don’t keep reminding people of the messages to stay safe on our roads we notice the behaviour on the roads worsens,” she said.

“So we need to concentrate the message and come up with new ideas and strategies to keep it in the forefront of people’s minds.

“Obey speed signs, rest when tired and take care on the roads.”