Driver cops voucher for motoring safety
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.
Safe driving: Tina Richards assumed the worst when police stopped her on the northwestern motorway.