Motorists on notice as police launch Operation Argus this weekend

Victoria Police have launched a new road operation in a bid to stem the soaring number of lives tragically lost on Victorian roads this year.

Operation Argus was launched yesterday in direct response to the 192 people who have died on the roads across the state during 2019, 58 more than this time last year.

A huge majority of this year’s fatal accidents have occurred on country roads, with the Transport Accident Commission’s latest figures showing of the 192 road fatalities, 105 deaths have occurred in rural Victoria compared to 87 in Melbourne.

Goldfields Highway Patrol Senior Constable Paul Schroeder said the number of fatal car crashes this year is “concerning for everybody” and an extremely difficult part of the job for police.

“Attending fatal crashes is a part of our job that is never a nice thing,” he said.

For more on this story see the Front Page of The Advertiser, Friday, September 6

 

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