Police target range of road violations
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.