With regional Victoria beginning to reopen and school holidays not far away, police are again urging drivers to take care.
The first day without restrictions in Ballarat last week saw several minor traffic incidents, including a head-on crash which resulted in people being taken to hospital.
There are concerns many people might be driving long distances for the first time in months, with the rest of the state reopening and escaping the five-kilometre limit front of mind for many.
Ballarat Highway Patrol's acting senior sergeant David Whitwell said driving is a "perishable skill", even for the most experienced people, and urged people to be patient.
"Now that restrictions have eased and people are moving around a lot more in the community, we just ask people take a little bit more caution, until they're familiar with the environment and their car," he said.
"If people are planning on getting away, with caravans in particular, or towing personal watercraft or motorcycles, check to see the safety features on tow equipment are all functioning correctly, check the towing capacity of the car is suitable for what they're towing.
"Take into consideration the extra weight that could be added to a caravan with what you're putting inside, that can increase the weight significantly."
Police will already be out in force checking licence plates for any incursions from Melbourne, but acting senior sergeant Whitwell said there will be another blitz on the Grand Final long weekend.
"Given that we are out of lockdown and people may be travelling outside of their homes to watch the game, we just ask that people consider their options if they're going to be drinking alcohol," he said.
"The operation will be focused on excess speed and driver impairments, alcohol and drug, across the weekend starting Thursday, September 23."
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