2020 has already marked itself as a confronting year on local roads, with two fatal collisions occurring just weeks apart taking a toll on both the community and local police.
The year got off to a tragic start after a driver died in a fiery crash on the Clunes-Mount Cameron Road in January and when a 77-year-old man was struck by a vehicle at the Inkerman and High streets roundabout, later dying in hospital.
The incident was just metres from where a 95-year-old man died after being struck by a car in July last year and Central Goldfields Highway Patrol Sergeant Noel Jacobs said an increased police presence will likely be felt in the area as a direct result of the incidents.
“Due to the serious injuries and fatal collisions we’ve been having in the area we’re certainly looking at having as much police visibility as we can,” he said.
“We’re looking at police from outside our area coming in for enforcement — we’re going to see a lot of that in the future, and we’re looking at uplifting the number of preliminary breath tests and drug testing as well.”
Sgt Jacobs said community members have to be “switched on” when it comes to the road rules and general safety on the road.
“I’m sure the general public have got the message that police are going to be out and enforcement will be up,” he said.
For more on this story see Page 5 of The Advertiser, Friday, February 14