Police Urge Safety In The Snow

12:43' 12-06-2018
Victorias snow season officially opened on 9 June, but snowfalls have been light so far, and not below 1100 metres at most resorts.

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    However, this situation is likely to change as winter advances, and the annual seasonal influx of visitors to the state's famous snow regions will increase.

    In the light of this, Victoria Police are asking those travelling to Alpine areas to keep themselves safe.

    General duties police, with the help of the Operations Response Unit, will have a seven day a week presence at Mount Hotham, Falls Creek and Mount Buller for the duration of the season.

    Assistant Commissioner Rick Nugent said police will be focused on the key issues they see every year at the snow.

    He said that visitors to the snow are “generally well behaved”, but each year there is a small number of thefts, car accidents, missing people and rescues. He advises that planning and preparation are the keys to safe and enjoyable alpine experience.

    These are the things that people should pay attention to.

    • Travelling on alpine roads in winter can be dangerous, unless special driving techniques are used. Driving on roads with snow and/or ice cover requires concentration, adept driving skills, and a lot of patience.

    • Reduce the risk of theft by knowing where your skis or board are at all times, keep them secure, and keep valuables out of sight.

    • Sometimes environmental conditions mean police are not be able to rescue or search for those who are injured or lost. Understand the conditions and environment, and be aware that conditions can and do change quickly.

    • Plan your trip carefully, let someone know where you are going and how long you’ll be.

    • Wear appropriate wind and waterproof clothing, and take care of your equipment

    • Regularly check weather and snow conditions.

    • If you become lost, stop, seek shelter, and wait.

    • If you go outside the resort boundaries, consider the risks associated with avalanches, in particular after heavy snow falls.

    If you need emergency assistance, call Triple Zero (000).

    For more information, visit the Victoria Police website or www.snowsafe.org.au.

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