POLICE have vowed to crack down on motorists breaking the law in the wake of two serious crashes along Sago Hill Road in the last two weeks.
Ballarat Highway Patrol has identified the Haddon road as an “area of concern” and say they will be boosting their presence along the four-kilometre stretch.
Golden Plains Shire Council has pledged to assess the intersection, but police say the emphasis ultimately falls on motorists along the notorious section.
Three roads intersect with Sago Hill Road, with Ballarat Highway Patrol Senior Sergeant Pat Cleary saying there is the very real potential for an accident at all three of them.
VicRoads data shows there were two serious accidents that resulted in hospitalisations in the five years to June 30, one each at both the Bells Road intersection and the Greenhalghs Road intersection.
However, there has been a further two at the Bells Road intersection since the latest data was recorded.
“The last thing we want is another serious injury or even a fatal along that road,” Senior Sergeant Cleary said.
“We are making it a real priority at the moment, we will be having a real presence out there. Anecdotally, there are a lot of near misses, as well as the crashes we have seen.”
Initial investigations show that failure to obey stop signs could have been factor in both recent crashes, with inattention due to mobile phones a possible cause.
Senior Sergeant Cleary said police would be watching all speed signs closely, as well as monitoring for speeding drivers.
“At the same time though, people need to take their safety into their own hands,” he said.
“They need to be extra careful.”
Golden Plains Shire chief executive officer Rod Nicholls said the council had put traffic counters in place and would monitor the conditions of the intersection.
“If identified, remedial works will be conducted to further encourage the safe use of the section of road and intersection,” Mr Nicholls said.