Hi all, Just saw this in todays Waverly Leader - http://waverley-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/tac-fund-monash-cop-blitz/ HIGHWAY patrols will target Monash roads for an extra 5000 hours over the next nine months in a blitz paid for by the Transport Accident Commission. Police will patrol Oakleigh hoon hotspot Princes Highway, Springvale Rd and the Monash Freeway from October in an aim to slash the rising number of TAC accident claims. Nunawading highway patrol Sgt Paul Egan said officers would be encouraged to work on their days off and take on overtime. "It's not to detract from the service we already provide, it's to provide a service that is above and beyond what we're normally able to," Sgt Egan said. Last year 403 claims were made to the TAC following injury crashes in Monash, while 67 were filed for hospital stays. Sgt Egan said the extra enforcement, which equates to about 18 extra hours of road policing per day, would see officers on main roads "outside hours drivers would expect". TAC road safety manager Samantha Cockfield said the locations, which this year include Casey and Dandenong, were chosen following applications from police. "It's a value-adding program through which the TAC supports police to meet road safety objectives, over and above their standard work," Ms Cockfield said. Ms Cockfield did not answer questions about the cost of the program. Between April 2011 and March 2012, 551 road injuries were recorded in Monash, up 13 per cent from the previous 12 months.