Motorists are being urged to respect slow-moving vehicles after reports of impatient and reckless drivers overtaking on south-west roads.
Timboon police Leading Senior Constable Glen McDuff said there were reports of motorists overtaking large vehicles with machinery, which have a top speed of 40km/h for safety reasons but have to travel on the road network between jobs.
He said impatient drivers were sounding the horn and overtaking when unsafe, particularly on roads leading in and out of Timboon that are marked with double and single, unbroken lines.
"There have been reports of close calls and near misses where vehicles travelling in the opposite direction, often at 100 km/h, have had to take evasive action to avoid a collision," he said.
"Drivers of slow moving vehicles are being asked to report such incidents and to obtain vehicle registration numbers and descriptions with a view to prosecute offending drivers. Some have taken to installing dash cameras to assist with identifying drivers doing the wrong thing."
Leading Senior Constable McDuff said police were urging drivers to be extra patient on the roads during harvest and remember that slow moving vehicles play a key role in assisting farming communities during the harvest season.
"We want everyone to get home safely this Christmas, so please slow down. If your journey will be impacted by slow moving vehicles, then allow extra time," he said.
"Our highway patrol officers will continue to monitor local areas to ensure the safety of all road users during harvest."
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