BENDIGO police will be monitoring road work zones this month to catch drivers who refuse to obey speed restrictions.
The State Highway Patrol has instigated a new operation called Operation Nickel, which commenced yesterday.
Bendigo highway patrol Acting Senior Sergeant Dale Simm said police would be targeting areas with road works, especially in country areas.
He said some people refuse to slow down in these areas, despite signs, workers and traffic lights indicating lowered speed limits.
“We find in country roads where the speed limit is 100km/h people tend not to slow down,” he said.
“It’s definitely something we are going to target.
“People should be aware we will be monitoring the road work areas.”
Acting Senior Sergeant Simm said driving above the speed limit in road work zones is very dangerous for workers and other people on the road.
“When you're driving at speeds through places where there is sometimes gravel and no lines, it is putting others in danger,” he said.
Acting Senior Sergeant Simm urged drivers to slow down, obey road signs and any signs held up by traffic workers.
“We want people especially acknowledge the traffic people there and comply with them,” he said.
Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Robert Hill said people working in road work zones have been identified as some of Victoria's most vulnerable road users.
Victoria Police is committed to ensuring their safety, Assistant Commissioner Hill said.
“We need to change the attitude of drivers on our roads who think that speeding through these areas, where there are clear signs alerting motorists to reduce their speed, is acceptable.
“If you speed through these zones, it is highly likely you will be detected and you will be fined.
“I urge all motorists to drive at a safe speed, that is, within the limits and the road conditions.”