Festive season drivers well behaved
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.