Drivers behaving badly: Road safety in the age of coronavirus
Drivers warned to stay safe as coronavirus sees traffic disappear from Victorian roads.
RACV and Victoria Police are warning drivers to concentrate and remain courteous during the COVID-19 situation. Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Libby Murphy says there is angst and stress in the community, which can diminish drivers’ focus on road rules and safety.
“Everyone responds differently in these unprecedented times, but road trauma does not stop happening,” she says.
“We ask that if you are getting behind the wheel of a car, only do so if you can dedicate your mind and attention to driving.”
While Victoria Police expects fewer cars on Victorian roads due to the COVID-19 restrictions, Libby says there will be increased police presence, and preliminary breath tests (PBTs) will still be conducted.
“Rest assured that police will be highly visible and mobile, with PBTs to test drivers who choose to drink and drive,” she says. “This means we will be anywhere at any time continuing our commitment to reduce road trauma, keeping our road users and community safe.”
RACV senior policy adviser for safety Elvira Lazar says road conditions will change in coming weeks, but road-safety issues remain the same.
“People might be stressed or distracted, and in the current environment it is more important than ever to pay attention to the roads and be courteous to other drivers for your safety and the safety of others,” she says.