WARRNAMBOOL police will target driver behaviour at the Jamieson Street roundabout roadworks during a statewide blitz.
Victoria Police yesterday announced it would be getting tough on speeding drivers who ignored roadwork zone speed restrictions.
The State Highway Patrol will begin Operation Nickel today, patrolling random roadwork zones on highways throughout Victoria.
Police south-west road safety advisor Senior Sergeant Tania Barbary said police officers were always monitoring roadwork sites.
“There are major works being carried out at the Jamieson Street roundabout and we’ve had some complaints about driver behaviour in that area,” she said.
“While the State Highway Patrol will be focused on Operation Nickel, Warrnambool police will pay particular attention to driver behaviour in the Jamieson Street area. It’s all about worker safety.”
Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Robert Hill said there was a tendency for some motorists to ignore clearly posted speed limits when travelling through restricted roadwork zones.
“These are the drivers we will be focused on,” he said.
“Operation Nickel is about making sure those people employed to work in roadside construction zones have a safe place to work.
“People working in these zones have been identified as some of our most vulnerable road users and Victoria Police is committed to ensuring their safety.”
Mr Hill said there was a need for a change to the attitude of drivers.
“The State Highway Patrol will be enforcing the speed limits in all roadwork zones and other high risk areas as part of a statewide focus on speed enforcement,” he said.
“If you speed through these zones, it is highly likely you will be detected and you will be fined.”
The extensive roadworks zone between Winchelsea and Geelong is expected to attract additional police attention during the campaign.
Operation Nickel comes as part of a month-long focus by Victoria Police on detecting speeding motorists.
“We’ll be targeting those road users who show disregard for our road rules and put their lives and others at risk,” Mr Hill said.
“It’s low level speeding, it’s excessive speeding. We’ll be focused on all forms of speeding because we know if we stop speeding drivers we can stop unnecessary deaths on our roads. I urge all motorists to drive at a safe speed, that is, within the limits and the road conditions.”