The new crime-fighter carries the codename “The Guardian”, and will be used to promote in-car safety features at police exhibits over the next 12 months.
However, unlike some other cars to sit outside the box and wear police stripes, such as those from Porsche and Lexus north of the border in NSW, this one will actually see some ‘real’ police duties as an “operational highway patrol car”.
“Death and serious injuries on Victorian roads could be reduced by a third overnight if everyone was driving the safest cars they can afford,” Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner, Doug Fryer, said.
“We’re not saying that everyone needs to rush out and buy the latest and greatest but we need people to prioritise safety over leather seats and shiny wheels.”
Assistant Commissioner Fryer said the GLE 63 would help Victoria Police to sell the road safety message, but ultimately a combination of safer roads, people and vehicles would see the state achieve its long term vision of zero deaths and serious injuries.
“Police have a responsibility to do more than just catch unsafe drivers and we can do this by promoting safer vehicles and encouraging business to play its part,” Assistant Commissioner Fryer said.
“We know about half of all used cars in Victoria are former fleet vehicles so if businesses ensure they’re leasing and purchasing the safest vehicles the benefits will flow on to their fellow Victorians.”
The Guardian will be on display at the Industry and Innovation Precinct during the 2016 Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix.
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