Easter road blitz after four crashes
■ Pilbara traffic police are warning drivers to take extra care over the Easter long weekend after a horror week for crashes on West Pilbara roads.
The traffic division will be running an operation over the Easter period targeting preventable causes of road accidents such as drink-driving, speeding and driver inattention.
Police around the region will be involved, conducting random breath tests and speed checks.
It follows a week of three singlevehicle rollovers and one head-on collision on West Pilbara roads in three days, including one death, highlighting the need for greater driver awareness.
On Tuesday, March 15, a man in his 40s died on the Tom Price-Paraburdoo Road, about 15km from Paraburdoo, after he failed to negotiate a bend.
He was trapped in the car after it rolled over and died at the scene when his vehicle caught fire.
Last Wednesday, a 19-year-old woman lost control of her Holden Commodore station wagon on the road between Cossack and Point Samson.
The car rolled several times and the woman and her two 17-year-old passengers were lucky to escape with minor injuries. On Thursday, a man in his early 20s crashed his Isuzu crew cabin truck on the Balla Balla Creek bridge on North West Coastal Highway. He also escaped with minor injuries and police issued a fine for careless driving.
Paraburdoo police officer-incharge, First Class Constable Neil McClarnon, said drivers needed to be more careful on regional roads.
“The problem is not really the state of the (Tom Price-Paraburdoo) road, it’s the mentality of some of the drivers,” he said.
“On Thursday we gave out three speeding tickets in the space of 30 minutes.” Roebourne police Ser- geant Steve Taylor said speed, inattention and possibly fatigue had probably played a part in the two most recent crashes and were high risk factors on the road over the Easter long weekend.
Police urged drivers not to drink and drive, to pay attention on roads, especially at night, and to take their time, including stopping for breaks every few hours.
The Easter traffic operation runs from tomorrow until Monday.