POLICE are calling on Campaspe motorists to make sure their vehicles are safe and roadworthy.
Acting Sergeant Brendan Keegan of Campaspe Highway Patrol said while it was important to ensure your vehicle was safe and roadworthy all year, it was timely to remind motorists as winter drew to a close.
‘‘We are not only responsible for how we drive, but for the safety of our vehicles,’’ he said.
‘‘You might not be mechanically minded but most of us should be able to check the basics of a vehicle.
‘‘Make sure tyres are in good condition, lights and indicators are working, all seatbelts are fully functioning and that other systems in your vehicles are working properly.’’
Sgt Keegan said tyres were one of the most important parts of your vehicle and a good set could be the difference between a collision and a near-miss.
‘‘Have a look at your tyres and use a friend to help you check your lights,’’ he said.
‘‘We see lots of vehicles driving around with only one headlight, poorly adjusted lights or brake lights that don’t work.’’
This month, Campaspe Highway Patrol members will roll into phase three of Operation Millet in an effort to decrease injury collisions.
The operation aims to highlight the importance of having a safe and roadworthy vehicle at all times.
‘‘I’m urging all motorists to ensure their vehicles are safe for the road and to adjust their driving behaviour to the conditions, it could just be the difference between a collision and a near miss – or even losing your life,’’ Sgt Keegan said.
He said parents should also use this time to teach their Learner drivers the basics of vehicle safety.
‘‘If we teach our children to inspect a car before they drive, then hopefully we have taught them to drive safe vehicles,’’ he said.
Motorists who drive unsafe or non-compliant vehicles risk a $159 fine for inappropriate lights or $396 for an unroadworthy vehicle.