Easter road blitz after four crashes

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

■ 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.

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