Praise for ef­fort at Easter

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Po­lice have praised the vast ma­jor­ity of Pil­bara res­i­dents and hol­i­day­mak­ers for help­ing them achieve an Easter pe­riod free of any se­ri­ous in­ci­dents across the re­gion.

Pil­bara traf­fic po­lice of­fi­cer-in-charge Sergeant Paul Arnold said ev­ery sta­tion in the district had taken part in a col­lec­tive Easter road op­er­a­tion on the four-day Easter long week­end, with pos­i­tive re­sults.

“The Easter pe­riod is a high-harm pe­riod due to many fac­tors, but this year with the co-op­er­a­tion of the driv­ing pub­lic, we were able to work to­gether to achieve the best out­come of all, that be­ing to have no fa­tal­i­ties or se­ri­ous ac­ci­dents oc­cur in our district,” he said.

Po­lice stopped a to­tal of more than 2300 ve­hi­cles this Easter. Speed­ing was the worst of­fence cat­e­gory, with 139 in­fringe­ments is­sued.

Twenty-two peo­ple were charged for not wear­ing a seat­belt, nine peo­ple were found al­legedly driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol, and there were three cases of care­less driv­ing — but none for driv­ing with a mo­bile phone.

Ex­mouth ex­pe­ri­enced a small in­crease in steal­ing from car­a­vans and homes be­cause of an in­flux of tourists into town, while in Kar­ratha, po­lice were called to break up re­ported fights at a lo­cal tav­ern on Satur­day night.

How­ever, of­fi­cer-in-charge Se­nior Sergeant Andy Stevens said an an­tic­i­pated spike in prop­erty of­fences by ju­ve­niles did not hap­pen.

Roe­bourne po­lice re­ported no bur­glar­ies or as­saults of any kind on the week end­ing with Easter.

Tom Price, Onslow and Pan­na­won­ica sta­tions re­ported few of­fences over the break.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era Pil­bara traf­fic po­lice of­fi­cers Se­nior Con­sta­ble Rob Malcolm and Sergeant Paul Arnold are pleased with the re­sults of the Easter traf­fic op­er­a­tion.

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