Po­lice tar­get range of road vi­o­la­tions

Pilbara News - - News - Peter de Krui­jff

Driv­ers in the Pil­bara have been put on no­tice for the next two weeks as po­lice run an op­er­a­tion en­com­pass­ing ev­ery road-user in­fringe­ment un­der the sun from drug traf­fick­ing to un­li­censed driv­ers.

Op­er­a­tion Sil­ver Edi­tion will utilise of­fi­cers from ev­ery Pil­bara sub-dis­trict, a drug dog, Main Roads WA, and State Traf­fic, from Au­gust 17 to 30.

Se­nior Sergeant Paul Arnold said the op­er­a­tion linked into three na­tional tar­gets in­clud­ing To­wards Zero, which aims to re­duce road fa­tal­i­ties by 40 per cent by 2020, the Na­tional Ice Task­force, and the State Op­er­a­tion Sweep, which was a re­sponse to an un­sea­son­ably high amount of crime in WA metropoli­tan dis­tricts.

Sen. Sgt Arnold said there would be no sur­prises with this op­er­a­tion and they would be no­ti­fy­ing the public through so­cial media as to when they were tar­get­ing cer­tain ar­eas and what they were find­ing.

“The goal is build our per­cep­tion and sup­port,” he said.

“We want to en­cour­age ha­bit­ual com­pli­ance so you take your own steps to po­lice be­hav­iours.”

Po­lice will set up ran­dom breath stops, drug swipes and speed traps.

To date, one in five Pil­bara driv­ers swiped for metham­phetamine and cannabis come back pos­i­tive to one or both.

Sen. Sgt Arnold said they would con­duct qual­ity ve­hi­cle stops to search for drugs and weapons in ve­hi­cles.

Another strat­egy will see po­lice lock down whole sub­urbs and check­ing leav­ing ve­hi­cles where there are a high per­cent­age of sus­pended driv­ers.

Main Roads WA will be in­volved in heavy haulage ve­hi­cle stops and trucks may be checked for false pan­els.

Vari­able mes­sage boards will be set up and po­lice will be chat­ting with driv­ers about the im­por­tance to stop, re­vive and sur­vive.

Sen. Sgt Arnold said they would have a heavy high­way pres­ence.

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