Blitz tar­gets big road risks

Central Leader - - News -

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.

Mr

Lockwood

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.

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