Po­lice eyes on roads

Tablelands Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Kather­ine Kokko­nen

PO­LICE are plead­ing with driv­ers to make this fes­tive sea­son one to re­mem­ber for the right rea­sons.

More than 60 speed­ing driv­ers have been caught on the Tablelands since the Christ­mas Road cam­paign started ear­lier this month.

Act­ing Sergeant Cate Shanahan of the Ma­reeba Road Polic­ing Unit said Far North roads had been fa­tal­i­tyfree so far this sea­son.

She said po­lice would be out in force dur­ing the hol­i­days to try and keep the roads safe.

“We want to en­sure that ev­ery­one has a happy and safe fes­tive sea­son and not one tar­nished by road trauma,” Act­ing Sgt Shanahan said.

“Po­lice will be out in force tar­get­ing driv­ers who put them­selves and other road users at risk.

“We urge ev­ery­one to con­sider the fa­tal five, which are speed, drink and drug driv­ing, dis­tracted driv­ing, fail­ing to wear seat­belts and fa­tigue.”

Act­ing Sgt Shanahan said po­lice would be con­duct­ing ran­dom al­co­hol and drug tests as well as both covert and overt speed en­force­ment strate­gies.

The Christ­mas road safety cam­paign started on De­cem­ber 9 and so far po­lice have caught seven drug driv­ers, three drink driv­ers, more than 60 speed­ing driv­ers and six peo­ple not us­ing seat­belts and two dis­tracted driv­ers. Con­tin­ued Page 6

Pic­ture: An­drea Falvo

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