CAMPASPE’S top traffic cop is warning off-road riders and motorists they can expect to be drug and alcohol tested anywhere.
Victoria Police has launched a renewed focus on safety, enforcement and awareness on all-terrains in an effort to reduce the incidence of serious injury collisions and the subsequent trauma involved in off-road all-terrain riding and driving.
Campaspe Highway Patrol’s Sergeant Paul Nicoll said there were about two to three off-road crashes in the area a year.
Sgt Nicoll said the same road rules applied to all motorcycles whether they were riding on a road, reserve, path or any other open public land.
‘‘Just because they are off-road, they need to ride to the conditions and remember to wear helmets and ensure the motorbike is registered and that they are licensed to ride a motorbike,’’ he said.
Sgt Nicoll said it wasn’t about targeting riders, as all motorists as well as the community who used parks and trails needed to be aware of the possible dangers in all-terrain environments.
‘‘All riders on or off road must remember to ride safely, within the law and to the conditions,’’ he said.
‘‘Hopefully then they will all arrive at their destination in one piece.’’
The Victoria Police Solo Unit will also have an increased presence throughout the state in an effort to reduce the incidence of serious injury collisions and the subsequent trauma involved in off-road all-terrain riding and driving.
In the past nine months the unit has:
■Checked more than 1500 all-terrain motorcycles and 4WDs.
■Detected more than 900 offenders.
■Issued more than 1200 infringement and defect notices for unlicensed, suspended, disqualified riding, unregistered, un-roadworthy and LAMS offences.
■Detected one in every 40 riders/drivers positive for drugs from more than 700 tests.
■Detected four riders in excess of the legal limit.
Operation Motus – All Terrain Motorcycle Enforcement (ATME) is an ongoing operation for the Solo Unit and will continue in an effort to reduce trauma involving motorcycle riders.