Roads blessed for Easter

EVENT PART OF ROAD-WISE CAM­PAIGN

Joondalup Weekender - - News -

LO­CAL coun­cils held an­nual ‘bless­ing of the roads’ cer­e­monies in Sor­rento and Tap­ping yes­ter­day to pro­mote road safety ahead of Easter.

The cities of Stir­ling, Joon­dalup and Swan held a joint cer­e­mony at Sor­rento Beach Park on March 28, while the City of Wan­neroo held one at its busiest in­ter­sec­tion – Wan­neroo Road and Joon­dalup Drive.

The an­nual event is part of the WA Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion’s Road­wise cam­paign.

It pro­motes road safety in an ef­fort to re­duce ac­ci­dents over the Easter long week­end, when there is of­ten a spike in se­ri­ous and fa­tal crashes.

Road Safety Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts at­tended the Sor­rento cer­e­mony and said Easter was one of the busiest pe­ri­ods on WA roads.

“Be pre­pared if you are trav­el­ling long dis­tances by get­ting a good night’s sleep, tak­ing reg­u­lar breaks along the jour­ney, and swap driv­ers if you’re feel­ing fa­tigued,” she said.

“Po­lice will have ev­ery avail­able traf­fic ve­hi­cle out on our roads, par­tic­u­larly in re­gional WA.

“Dou­ble de­merit points will ap­ply if you’re caught speed­ing, us­ing a mo­bile phone be­hind the wheel, im­paired by al­co­hol or drugs, not wear­ing a seat­belt or go­ing through a red light.”

The Driver Re­viver Pro­gram will be on In­dian Ocean Drive on Easter Mon­day, of­fer­ing driv­ers a free cup of cof­fee or tea, a bis­cuit and chance to stop.

The van will be parked in the lay-by about 1km north of the City of Wan­neroo bound­ary with the Shire of Gin­gin, from 8am to 4pm on April 2.

The Easter dou­ble de­merit pe­riod started to­day and ends at mid­night on Mon­day, April 2.

Did you know? Us­ing a mo­bile phone can re­sult in a six-point penalty dur­ing dou­ble de­merit pe­ri­ods.

Top pic­ture: Joon­dalup Mayor Al­bert Ja­cob with Sa­cred Heart Col­lege stu­dents. Above: Po­lice chap­lain Joe New­bold and Wan­neroo Mayor Tracey Roberts.

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