Taken from the local paper: BALLARAT traffic police will soon be equipped with road spikes to deflate the ambitions of criminals in high-speed pursuits. Two hundred sets of road spikes, valued at $1000 each, will be issued to police across Victoria this week with 8000 officers trained in their use. Each of the five Victorian policing regions will be handed 40 spikes each. Ballarat falls into region two, meaning it will share spikes with Geelong, Warrnambool, Moorabool and Central Goldfields police. All regions are expected to be using the road spikes by July. The strips contain spikes comprising a tube and a sharp tip which pierces the tyre tread and breaks off inside, causing it to instantly deflate and forcing the car to a controlled stop. The same spike strips are already in use in NSW while Queensland police use a similar device. During a trial last month in Victoria, police used the spikes to end a 140km pursuit between Euston in NSW and Kiamal, south of Mildura, in Victoria. Assistant Commissioner Leigh Gassner said the spike strips were a safe and effective means of ending police pursuits. But he said the spikes would not replace other police tactics. "This is potentially a life-saving piece of equipment but it also has to be understood that it's an add-on, it's an extra alternative, an extra option to think about," Mr Gassner said. "It will still come back to those members to assess the conditions (of the pursuit) ... and they may be required to shut down that pursuit." Senior Constable Dave Weller, who will help train Ballarat police in the use of the spikes, said they had been assessed for the past two years. Police would receive three hours of training in the next six months as part of the operational safety and tactics training program, with refresher courses held every two years. "It's a fantastic option, to be quite honest," Sen Const Weller said. "The driver can maintain full control of the vehicle to the point where maybe one or maybe four tyres are activated and punctured." -Let's hope they don't try using them on a speeding bike .