Blitz targets big road risks
Police are clamping down on the “fatal five” on the roads this month – speed, alcohol, restraints, dangerous driving and high-risk drivers.
Operation Five started in the eastern area on Monday and will run for three weeks.
May is historically the worst month for serious and fatal crashes in the area.
Acting tactical coordinator sergeant Tim Lockwood says this is because of a combination of factors including the end of daylight saving, wintry weather and drivers not paying attention to changing conditions.
Often vehicles are not up to warrant of fitness standard, especially with faulty headlights, tail lights and windscreen wipers, because these are rarely used or checked over summer.
This puts drivers in the high-risk category when they cannot be seen.
says while police will be targeting vehicles with faults, drivers will be given two weeks to fix the problem as part of a national compliance scheme.
Drivers might receive an infringement notice with a $150 penalty but in cases where it is a rectifiable fault, the fine may be waived if they present themselves and their repaired vehicle at a police station within 14 days.
“The issuing of an infringement notice is a strong motivator for people to get their cars up to standard,” Mr Lockwood says.
“Police would much rather people spent their money on maintaining their cars than on fines and still having to fix their cars when they go to get their next warrant of fitness.”
Responsible road users should regularly check their lighting systems and other safety equipment so they are aware of what’s going on outside their vehicles.