Highway Patrol (Australian TV series)
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|Directed by||Mary Durham|
|Starring||Members of Victoria Police|
|Narrated by||Hugh Wade|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||8|
|No. of episodes||80 + 2 specials (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Nick Murray|
|Location(s)||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Running time||21–22 minutes (Plus Commercials)|
|Production company(s)||Greenstone TV|
|Original network||Seven Network|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)
|Original release||21 September 2009 – present|
|Related shows||Motorway Patrol|
Highway Patrol is an Australian factual television series screened on the Seven Network, which premiered on 21 September 2009. Highway Patrol follows members of the Victoria Police highway patrol (formerly the Traffic Management Unit) as they intercept traffic and other criminal offenders on roads in Victoria, Australia.
The program is currently in its eighth season, and has been renewed for a ninth season.
The program follows police involved in attending major road accidents, high-speed police chases, confronting drunk drivers as well as issuing lesser penalty notices to drivers for a variety of traffic offences.
Each episode follows the progress of a select few incidents involving various officers, from the first encounter by the officers through to the officers leaving the scene, with the exception that occasionally the officers will escort a driver back to a police station for the purpose of a breath or blood sample. Fines, court convictions and demerit points issued in relation to each incident are shown in a voiced-over addendum at the end.
Highway Patrol is produced by Greenstone TV, makers of New Zealand's Motorway Patrol with the co-operation of Victoria Police, and airs in Australia on the Seven Network. Domestically, repeated episodes air on sister channels 7TWO and 7mate as well as syndicated on subscription television channel FOX8.
The first season of Highway Patrol went to air in September 2009. A second season was announced by Channel Seven on 18 November 2009 which premiered 2 February 2010. A seventh season of Highway Patrol was announced on the show's official website on 13 July 2014. On 9 December 2014, Victoria Police announced on their official Facebook page that season eight had started filming and would air sometime in 2016. On 15 December 2014, series producer Mary Durham announced that season 7 would consist of 10 episodes and would air sometime in 2015.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||10||21 September 2009||23 November 2009|
|2||10||30 June 2010||27 July 2011|
|3||10||9 February 2012||7 May 2012|
|4||9||3 October 2012||21 November 2012|
|5||12||1 May 2013||25 November 2013|
|6||9||8 July 2014||17 November 2014|
|7||10||24 June 2015||31 August 2015|
|8||10||4 July 2016||9 November 2016|
|S||2||22 September 2014||9 October 2014|
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