Driver cops voucher for motoring safety

Central Leader - - News - By Rhi­an­non Hor­rell

When Tina Richards was driv­ing to work last week, she did not ex­pect good news when a po­lice car pulled her over.

The fit­ness in­struc­tor was on her way to a pi­lates class in the city and her first re­ac­tion to the siren was “oh no”.

“I saw th­ese big flash­ing lights and thought: ‘They can’t be stop­ping me’.”

Mrs Richards pulled over near the Pt Che­va­lier of­framp won­der­ing what she had done wrong and waited as po­lice ap­proached her win­dow.

To her sur­prise they con­grat­u­lated her.

“We just want to con­grat­u­late you on your im­pec­ca­ble driv­ing,” they told her.

“You travel with the ideal dis­tance be­tween cars. You in­di­cate well and your speed was per­fect.”

Mrs Richards was then given a $50 petrol voucher.

She says she was sur­prised and has never heard of this hap­pen­ing be­fore.

“This is a very pos­i­tive thing and pos­i­tive re­in­force­ment makes you drive bet­ter.”

She told her class about it but they didn’t be­lieve her.

Mrs Richards says she has never had an ac­ci­dent and is very con­scious of her speed.

“I have of­ten got chil­dren in the car.”

In­spec­tor Dave Walker says a col­league sug­gested the idea to him and last week po­lice pulled over four wor­thy driv­ers, who dis­played a num­ber of safe driv­ing prac­tices in­clud­ing in­di­cat­ing and trav­el­ling at a safe speed.

“It took them some time to find them,” he says.

The po­lice also re­warded four driv­ers on Wed­nes­day as part of a ra­dio pro­mo­tion aimed at re­cruit­ing po­lice.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Safe driv­ing: Tina Richards as­sumed the worst when po­lice stopped her on the north­west­ern mo­tor­way.

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