Traf­fic cops re­veal hotspots

Broome Advertiser - - Front Page - Glenn Cord­ing­ley and Jakeb Wad­dell

Traf­fic of­fence hotspots in Broome have been re­vealed by traf­fic po­lice.

The 90km/h zone just out of town on Broome High­way and the 50km/h stretch of Old Broome Road from the town cen­tre round­about were the the worst for speed­ing, while driv­ers il­le­gally try­ing to cross traf­fic on Gub­inge Road, near San­der­ling Drive, were handed dozens of tick­ets weekly.

Kim­ber­ley Traf­fic Act­ing Sergeant Clint Ha­ley said one mo­torist was al­legedly do­ing 150km/h in the 90km/h sec­tion of Broome High­way last week, near Roe­buck Road­house, but it was just one of many re­cent in­ci­dents.

“We have had half a dozen in­ci­dents re­cently of mo­torists trav­el­ling 120km/h in the 90km/h zone,” he said. “Th­ese driv­ers risk loss of li­cence and charges of reck­less driv­ing if they ex­ceed the speed limit by 45km/h.

“We still find that driv­ers claim they did not see the speed change signs, but a num­ber of th­ese peo­ple have been lo­cals who have prob­a­bly driven past them nu­mer­ous times.”

Po­lice will al­lege another of­fender was driv­ing at 170km/h in a 110km/h zone on the high­way, while head­ing to Broome.

The driver, a man in his 20s, was is­sued a sur­ren­der no­tice and the ve­hi­cle was de­liv­ered to Broome Po­lice Sta­tion that day.

But it was on Old Broome Road where Sgt Ha­ley said of­fi­cers saw the great­est num­ber of peo­ple ex­ceed­ing speed lim­its.

He said mo­torists of­ten drove at up to 80km/h in what was a 50km/h to 60km/h zone.

And while speed­ing re­mained a prob­lem, Sgt Ha­ley said po­lice had also been hand­ing out $300 fines with three de­merit points for il­le­gal U-turns off Gub­inge Road. He said the Gub­inge Road, San­der­ling Drive and Flow­erdale Road in­ter­sec­tion “seemed to cause con­fu­sion” for driv­ers, who of­ten il­le­gally at­tempted to take a short-cut.

“We have ob­served them go­ing against the flow of traf­fic by turn­ing right off San­der­ling Drive when there is no right turn al­lowed,” he said.

“On other oc­ca­sions we have seen mo­torists turn right off Flow­erdale Road into the slip lane, then U-turn left and drive against the flow of Gub­inge Road traf­fic and into San­der­ling Drive.”

Sgt Ha­ley warned driv­ers that their ac­tions had con­se­quences.

“There is the po­ten­tial for ac­ci­dents to oc­cur,” he said.

Pic­ture: Jakeb Wad­dell

Kim­ber­ley Traf­fic Act­ing Sergeant Clint Ha­ley ob­serves traf­fic at the Gub­inge Road and San­der­ling Drive in­ter­sec­tion, a hotspot for traf­fic of­fences.

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