Roads blessed for Easter
EVENT PART OF ROAD-WISE CAMPAIGN
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.