Hun­dreds stopped in joint ve­hi­cle blitz

Pilbara News - - News - Rebecca Par­ish

Hun­dreds of ve­hi­cles were stopped on Great North­ern High­way just out­side Port Hed­land as part of a road­wor­thi­ness op­er­a­tion by Hed­land po­lice on the week­end.

Satur­day’s op­er­a­tion re­sulted in 20 in­fringe­ments and charges for sev­eral peo­ple for al­legedly driv­ing with­out a li­cence.

In to­tal, 359 ve­hi­cles were stopped, 17 in­fringe­ments and five work or­ders is­sued, there were three court briefs and one ve­hi­cle was seized. Driv­ers al­co­hol or drug tested re­turned no pos­i­tive re­sults.

Port Hed­land Sergeant Jayd Mo­rawski said his team used an “oc­to­pus” ap­proach for the op­er­a­tion, with a mo­bile polic­ing fa­cil­ity set up on the side of the road, po­lice in ve­hi­cles us­ing radar and au­to­matic num­ber plate recog­ni­tion cam­eras as well as the De­part­ment of Trans­port on site check­ing ve­hi­cles.

“Ev­ery­thing we’re do­ing out here comes un­der the head­ing of safety ... ev­ery­thing we’re do­ing is try­ing to make the road­ways safer,” Sgt Mo­rawski said.

“Once (the cars) come in here, we’re look­ing for ve­hi­cle road­wor­thi­ness, se­cu­rity of loads, mak­ing sure that things in the back of utes are se­cure, (that) things on heavy ve­hi­cles are safe, that there’s no bald tyres, no oil leaks, those sorts of things.

“Ob­vi­ously, the shar­ing of roads up here is a big is­sue be­cause we’ve got a mix of heavy ve­hi­cles and light ve­hi­cles and those tow­ing trail­ers.”

Nine of­fi­cers and two trans­port de­part­ment staff worked to en­sure com­pli­ance among road users.

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