So­cial me­dia made roads safer: po­lice

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Peter de Krui­jff

So­cial me­dia and new road polic­ing strate­gies look to have con­trib­uted to re­duced traf­fic in­ci­dents, ac­cord­ing to the Pil­bara’s ded­i­cated traf­fic po­lice unit.

More than 6000 ve­hi­cles have been stopped this fi­nan­cial year to date, with ar­rests and sum­monses down 25 per cent, speed­ing and seat­belt in­fringe­ments fall­ing 50 per cent and cau­tions down 7 per cent.

There has also been a re­duc­tion of 65 per cent in se­ri­ous crashes.

Since July, the traf­fic unit has em­ployed tra­di­tional traf­fic en­force­ment tac­tics — pa­trolling streets and high­ways and ran­dom breath tests — but Sergeant Paul Arnold said it was en­gage­ment with the com­mu­nity that was making the dif­fer­ence.

“The com­mu­nity wants to know where we are, what we are do­ing and what is hap­pen­ing so they can make pos­i­tive changes in their be­hav­iour and habits,” he said.

“Pil­bara Po­lice Dis­trict … now has the largest re­gional WA Po­lice Face­book fol­low­ing.

“It is the in­put and sup­port from our lo­cal com­mu­nity to at­tempt to shift pub­lic at­ti­tude, build ha­bit­ual com­pli­ance and make sus­tain­able driv­ing cul­ture im­prove­ments that are at the fore­front of mod­ern polic­ing.” Across plat­forms such as Face­book, Twit­ter and In­sta­gram, po­lice are us­ing com­ments from users to help as­sist their co-or­di­na­tion of tack­ling is­sues raised by the com­mu­nity.

Sgt Arnold said the com­mu­nity could help by fol­low­ing po­lice through th­ese out­lets and tak­ing on board the safety mes­sages, ap­ply­ing them and en­gag­ing with po­lice to sup­port their han­dling of lo­cal is­sues.

Pil­bara Dis­trict In­spec­tor Brett Ran­ford said it had been a great ini­tia­tive by of­fi­cers in the re­gion to ac­tively en­gage with the com­mu­nity to im­prove driver be­hav­iour and pro­mote safer road use.

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