Fes­tive sea­son driv­ers well be­haved

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

An­other hol­i­day dou­ble de­mer­its sea­son has come to an end and Pil­bara driv­ers can breathe a sigh of re­lief know­ing the over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity be­haved them­selves on the roads.

The Pil­bara District Traf­fic Of­fice, which in­cludes Ex­mouth and Co­ral Bay, ran its Heads Up hol­i­day road safety cam­paign from De­cem­ber 17 un­til Jan­uary 4, with a dou­ble de­merit penalty ap­ply­ing to all driv­ing of­fences.

Act­ing Sergeant for the Pil­bara District Ian Cliffe said traf­fic po­lice fo­cused on the “fa­tal five” of­fences — drink or drugged driv­ing, reck­less driv­ing, speed­ing, driv­ing with­out a li­cence, and not wear­ing a seat­belt or us­ing a mo­bile while at the wheel.

A rel­a­tively small num­ber of peo­ple were found to be driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence.

Of the more than 3000 driv­ers breathal­ysed, only about 20 peo­ple were ap­pre­hended for drink-driv­ing.

Sgt Cliffe said most peo­ple had done the right thing over the hol­i­days and avoided drink­ing and driv­ing.

“The ma­jor­ity of driv­ers over the cam­paign pe­riod breath tested neg­a­tive, which is fan­tas­tic to see,” he said.

“Un­for­tu­nately, even one driver over the limit can cause a sig­nif­i­cant dan­ger to our com­mu­nity, and there­fore is un­ac­cept­able and one too many.”

Speed­ing sta­tis­tics were worse.

Traf­fic po­lice caught 190 mo­torists driv­ing over the speed limit.

More than 60 were pe­nalised for not wear­ing a seat­belt, eight for us­ing mo­bile phones while driv­ing, and 11 ve­hi­cles were con­fis­cated for hoon of­fences.

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