Police have warned footy fans to drive safely ahead of a massive weekend of AFL elimination finals at UTAS Stadium. .
It is the first time Tasmania will host an AFL finals match, with the Sydney Swans and GWS Giants going head-to-head on Saturday before Sunday's do-or-die clash between the Western Bulldogs and Essendon.
With thousands of footy fans travelling on Tasmania's roads to attend the games, police said there will be an increased police presence to monitor driver behaviour.
It comes after a particularly lethal July and August on Tasmanian roads, with the road toll currently sitting at 26- three higher than the same time last year.
Last Friday's double-fatality on the West Tamar Highway was the third double-fatality recorded on highways in the north of the state in the space of 41 days.
It came after crashes on the Bass Highway at Exton on July 10 and the Midland Highway at Campbell Town on July 19 resulted in the deaths of four people.
Acting Inspector Death said the road toll was concerning and police would be out in force to ensure motorists were doing the right thing.
"Please drive safely and think about your fellow road users. When there's a casualty on our roads, everyone loses."
"Don't travel over the speed limit, pay close attention, and if you're having a drink get someone else to drive."
Acting Inspector Death said police would be out in both marked and unmarked vehicles and would be handing our penalties to motorists breaking the rules.
She said the fatal five driving behaviours remain the biggest contributors to serious and fatal car crashes.
"We will be focused on the fatal five this weekend- speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, fatigue, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and being distracted while driving," acting Inspector Death said.
"We know there will be winners and losers at the football, but when it comes to road safety, we're all on the same team."
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