Po­lice praise driv­ers af­ter fa­tal­ity-free long week­end

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Sophia Con­stan­tine

Hed­land po­lice were sat­is­fied with the be­hav­iour of driv­ers over the Queen’s Birth­day long week­end, with no re­ports of se­ri­ous or fa­tal crashes.

The bol­stered road safety ef­fort in­cluded in­creased pa­trols over four days, which in­cor­po­rated dou­ble de­mer­its from Friday, Septem­ber 22 to Mon­day, Septem­ber 25.

South Hed­land Act­ing Se­nior Sergeant Andrew Rams­den said 316 ve­hi­cles were stopped dur­ing the traf­fic op­er­a­tion, which re­sulted in 41 drug swipes which all came back neg­a­tive.

He said while po­lice were sat­is­fied with the ma­jor­ity of driv­ers, it was dis­ap­point­ing to re­port five driv­ers would face court for drinkdriv­ing of­fences.

Is­sues that con­tinue to be fac­tors in fa­tal and se­ri­ous in­jury road crashes on WA roads in­clude drink or drug-driv­ing; speed­ing; fail­ure to wear a seat­belt or child re­straint; run­ning a red light; and il­le­gal use of mo­bile phones.

Po­lice con­tinue to re­mind Pil­bara driv­ers fa­tigue is a sig­nif­i­cant risk when trav­el­ling long dis­tances on coun­try roads.

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