POLICE will ratchet up traffic work as pandemic restrictions ease and Bendigo reels from a spate of road deaths.
Officers from the city's general duties division also want to stop intersection collisions.
Those kinds of crashes were high in the months before the pandemic took hold, Acting Sergeant Andrew Johnson said.
"People need to be aware that when they are at an intersection they need to give way if there is a 'give way' sign, or stop at a 'stop' sign," he said.
"The data shows us there is a little bit of a lack of attention around intersections and people need to be aware of that.
"They need to take time when going through them. What's another one or two seconds?"
Police have noticed increased traffic on the road in the past week as lock down restrictions ease.
They are expecting traffic to return to close to normal if Victoria's state of emergency finishes later this month.
They are also concerned there could be more fatalities and serious crashes.
Two people died last week and another person was seriously injured on Sunday.
None of those crashes happened on intersections and two occurred outside of peak traffic times but police do not want to attend new collisions.
"It (last week's fatalities) is certainly at the front of our minds," Acting Sergeant Johnson said.
Bendigo uniform division police will put an extra focus on traffic work during downtime and as they travel to and from jobs.
"Our uniform division goes to all jobs, basically," Acting Sergeant Johnson said.
"There's generally at least three vans or units on the road at once."
Traffic work could include increasing the number of probationary breath tests.
Police can still conduct PBTs under COVID-19 restrictions.
"Machines just have to be cleaned down with a sterilising wipe," Acting Sergeant Johnson said.
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