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Late on Monday a Victoria Police photo on the United Nation’s website caught the policeman’s attention.
It shows a policeman parked on the side of a road near Macquarie Road and wearing a three-piece light blue suit and red tie.
As he walks away, the top of his face shows a creased up face.
He wipes his face and covers his eyes.
In a city already under extreme rainfall, it was likely an isolated mistake.
Police said the photo was taken in June of this year and has since been deleted.
“Due to severe rain and flooding in Queensland and the Sydney area last week, the real-life consequences of driving into flooded or impassable roads has taken on a greater importance,” a Victoria Police spokesperson said.
“As a result of the heavy rains in Victoria, Roads and Maritime Services have activated their emergency operations and work orders to ensure motorists and pedestrians are prepared to drive into floods.“The RMS has reminded road users to monitor local conditions and drivers should carefully review their driving skills with the aid of the RMS duty watchdogs, local police and emergency services.” Victoria’s strict road rules ‘short-sighted’
The image was described by a police spokeswoman as “short-sighted” by the Global Coalition Against Road Accidents, which released a video on the topic earlier this month.
Victoria Police still operates the Media Unit, which this month used a virtual reality tour to monitor environmental degradation.
The NSW Police admitted that leaving one’s car unattended was “bizarre” when highlighted last week.
“Driving into water or in extreme weather is a very rare event,” a NSW Police spokeswoman said.
The regional coordinator of the NSW Police’ Severe Weather Operation Council said that the Police could open lanes of a carpark on populated streets of congested areas if accidents occurred.
“A mixture of road users will get vehicles operating in the same direction so that’s something you certainly have to be aware of,” he said.
It comes as police across the state grapple with the logistical logistics of releasing road deaths.
The Roads and Maritime Services has issued a release to all police in metropolitan areas asking that drivers only approach flooded areas if safe.
The department, which is responsible for road safety, launched its second mini-climate awareness campaign last Friday.
Some areas of Melbourne have already experienced flooding, including Balwyn and Wanneroo.