Police warning over canola photos

September 5, 2023 8:26 am in by
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Canola fields are blooming across the region but while they look spectacular we are being warned not to stop in emergency lanes to take photos.

Drivers are stopping on roadsides across Geelong and the Surf Coast to admire the fields of yellow.

Sergeant Megan De Winne from Geelong Highway Patrol said they have had reports of people pushing over fences to get the ‘perfect shot’.

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“We urge people don’t do that cause you are committing offences,” Sgt De Winne said.

“You’re trespassing, you’re also causing damage to these people’s properties and they’re not happy about it.”

Sgt De Winne said they would fine anyone caught doing the wrong thing.

“Highway patrol are up and down the (Princes) Freeway.

“We’ve had many calls in regards to these motorists taking photographs.

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“We urge motorists to think again.”

Canola plants produce small yellow flowers which then develop into pods, and are harvest.

The seeds are then crushed to release the oil, which is refined and bottled as the canola oil.