Tradies the key tar­get Tie down, cover loads: po­lice

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - by Alexis Gill­ham alexis. gill­ham@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

A TOWNSVILLE driver has lost his li­cence as part of a po­lice crack­down on work ve­hi­cles.

The mo­torist was busted do­ing more than 40km/ h over the legal speed limit and was is­sued with a $ 933 fine as well as six-month li­cence sus­pen­sion.

A to­tal of 27 in­fringe­ment n o t i c e s w e r e i s s u e d t o tradies as part of Op­er­a­tion Tradie which fo­cused on in­se­cure loads on the back of work utes. Townsville traf­fic b r a n c h o f f i c e r - i n - c h a r g e S e n i o r - S e r g e a n t T o n y God­dard said six tick­ets were handed out for in­se­cure load­ing in a five-hour pe­riod.

He said each driver copped a $ 233 fine.

‘‘ Any per­son driv­ing a util­ity, truck or light truck with a load on the back needs to se­cure it with a cover or a s t r ap,’ ’ Sen-Sgt God­dard said.

‘‘ A lot drive around with a load that is not se­cured.

‘‘ This means the load can be blown out or fall out, but the main thing is that if they are in­volved in a crash the load can be­come air­borne and harm a pedes­trian or dam­age prop­erty or an­other mo­tor ve­hi­cle.’’

There were a l s o t hr e e tick­ets is­sued for seat belt of­fences and two for mo­bile phone use.

These driv­ers have also lost de­merit points.

Sen-Sgt God­dard said the op­er­a­tion cov­ered North Shore, Mount Louisa and the Bohle be­tween 6am and 11am on Wed­nes­day. He said the tar­get was a sim­i­lar of­fence to car­ry­ing in­se­cure rub­bish, a com­mon sit­u­a­tion since Cy­clone Yasi.

The coun­cil’s Com­mu­nity Safety chair­man Cr Dale Last said peo­ple tak­ing both green and do­mes­tic waste needed to en­sure that it was tied down and cov­ered.

‘‘ Ba­si­cally this pre­vents it from fall­ing on to the road­way,’’ he said.

Cr Last said fol­low­ing Cy­clone Yasi peo­ple had com­plied with this re­quire­ment, but it was an on­go­ing concern when car­ry­ing rub­bish to the tip.

Po­lice con­ducted a sim­i­lar op­er­a­tion on work ve­hi­cles in Novem­ber, with 11 peo­ple for caught with in­se­cure load­ings. In Septem­ber a f ur­ther six t radies were caught let­ting their tools roll around free in their trays dur­ing an eight-hour pe­riod.

‘‘ It’s gen­er­ally tools, tool boxes, lad­ders – those things in the back of util­i­ties," SenSgt God­dard said.

He said po­lice usu­ally car­ried out the op­er­a­tion once a month, mean­ing tradies do­ing the wrong thing would even­tu­ally be caught.

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