More po­lice road pa­trols

The West Australian - - LETTERS -

I con­grat­u­late Brad van Aken on his courage to step up and be pre­pared to crit­i­cise his for­mer su­pe­ri­ors con­cern­ing the lack of po­lice road pa­trols (Let­ters, 11/11).

Given the ex­pe­ri­ence this for­mer se­nior of­fi­cer has, I can’t see how his views can be ig­nored. Mr van Aken has made a case con­cern­ing how to fund the nec­es­sary pa­trol cars.

I also have a sug­ges­tion. As­sign mo­tor­cy­cle pa­trols to each heavy-use round­about in the sub­urbs.

Have them book the hun­dred, if not thou­sands, of of­fend­ing driv­ers who refuse to use oblig­a­tory sig­nals when leav­ing round­abouts.

Af­ter a month of this prac­tice, then switch the pa­trols to record the non-use of right-turn in­di­ca­tors at ma­jor in­ter­sec­tions.

In a rel­a­tively short time there will be suf­fi­cient money from fines to pur­chase more pa­trol cars.

We all know the value of vis­i­ble po­lice pa­trols on our roads. It seems the po­lice hi­er­ar­chy does not.

The top po­lice of­fi­cers should leave their comfy chairs and get out to see for them­selves the depths to which our driv­ing habits have de­scended.

Robert B. Cairns, Thorn­lie

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