Hundreds stopped in joint vehicle blitz
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.