Po­lice praise most driv­ers

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS -

PO­LICE on the Table­lands have praised the ma­jor­ity of lo­cal mo­torists for their ef­forts be­hind the wheel over the fes­tive sea­son.

Table­lands Po­lice de­tected 27 drink driv­ers and 15 drug im­paired driv­ers in the week be­fore and week af­ter Christ­mas.

Of­fi­cer in charge of the Road Polic­ing Unit, Sergeant John Ridg­way (pic­tured) said “it re­ally is a case of a few bad ap­ples spoil­ing the bin”.

“Driv­ing while im­paired by al­co­hol or drugs is danger­ous and can have dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects on the lives of those in­volved,” he said.

“One in five fa­tal traf­fic crashes in 2015 in­volved a driver un­der the in­flu­ence of liquor or a drug.”

“Most Table­lands road users con­ducted them­selves in an ex­em­plary man­ner over the Christ­mas pe­riod with dry driv­ers, cour­tesy buses, taxis and des­ig­nated driv­ers ap­pear­ing to be the norm.”

Table­lands po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a num­ber of traf­fic crashes over the Christ­mas pe­riod, six of which in­volved mod­er­ate to se­ri­ous in­juries.

He said Table­lands mo­torists could ex­pect to see more po­lice on the roads in the leadup to schools re­turn­ing.

Sgt Ridg­way said lo­cal po­lice would be rolling out a se­ries of tar­geted op­er­a­tions in the com­ing months.

“We urge ev­ery­one to con­sider the Fa­tal Five con­tribut­ing fac­tors to road fa­tal­i­ties when get­ting be­hind the wheel of their ve­hi­cle,” he said.

“These in­clude speed­ing, drink and drug driv­ing, fail­ing to wear a seat­belt, driv­ing tired and be­ing dis­tracted, such as us­ing a mo­bile phone while driv­ing.”

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