With the AFL grand final just around the corner, residents can expect to see a large showing of red and blue colours, with police out in force across the weekend.
With a public holiday tomorrow and a big day for footy fans everywhere on Saturday, an increased police presence will be felt throughout the state as part of Operation Scoreboard, which runs from today through to Sunday.
Over the same weekend last year, three people lost their lives on the state’s road while hundreds of others were nabbed breaking the law by speeding, driving unregistered vehicles and using mobile phones among other offences.
Maryborough Police Sergeant Travis Dole said an increased police presence will not only be noticeable throughout the state, but also in the local area.
“All Highway Patrol units will be working throughout the weekend as well as some extra units in uniform. There will also be a booze bus operating in the area across the three days,” he said.
Police will be focusing heavily on driver impairment, particularly drink and drug driving, as well as speed, fatigue, distraction and seatbelt offences.
“There are more people on the road because of the long weekend and those are the types of offences which we’re seeing cause a lot of injury collisions,” Sgt Dole said.
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