IF YOU’RE planning on having a few on Melbourne Cup day tomorrow, don’t drive.
That is the message — and the urgent warning — from our police.
Campaspe Highway Patrol will be out in force today and tomorrow, focusing on drunk and drug driving, speed, distraction, fatigue and seatbelts as part of statewide Operation Furlong.
Sergeant Paul Nicoll reminded racegoers to celebrate safely and responsibly.
‘‘If you are going to the races and plan to drink, organise alternative transport home,’’ he said.
‘‘Concentrate on your driving and drive to the conditions.’’
Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer said there would be a highly visible police presence on metropolitan and regional roads to reduce road crashes and trauma.
‘‘This means there will be a lot of people on the road, often travelling long distances to locations which are unfamiliar,’’ he said.
‘‘This time last year we had three road fatalities.
‘‘We don’t want to see anyone gambling with their life this long weekend.’’