Po­lice tar­get drugs, al­co­hol

Broome Advertiser - - News - Jakeb Wad­dell and Peter de Krui­jff

Kim­ber­ley res­i­dents have been put on no­tice with ex­tra traf­fic po­lice patrolling the re­gion to crack down on al­co­hol and drug-af­fected driv­ers.

State Traf­fic has sent staff to the re­gion to as­sist lo­cal of­fi­cers as part of Op­er­a­tion Wis­te­ria, which is tar­get­ing im­paired driv­ing in Broome and the wider re­gion.

The ex­tra team of of­fi­cers were sent to the North West last Wednes­day, with the ini­tia­tive run­ning to May 18.

A spokesper­son for WA Po­lice said there would not be an in­crease in static road­side random breath tests, but the theme was “more about us be­ing any­where at any time”.

“Don’t for­get ev­ery po­lice ve­hi­cle is a booze bus,” the spokesper­son said.

About 168 ve­hi­cles were stopped as part of Op­er­a­tion Wis­te­ria in the Pil­bara, with 62 pre­lim­i­nary drug wipe tests con­ducted and four driv­ers re­turn­ing pos­i­tive sec­ondary drug tests from April 19 to 22.

Twelve peo­ple also re­ceived speed­ing in­fringe­ments, two were charged with hav­ing no au­thor­ity to drive, three for driv­ing un­li­censed ve­hi­cles and one for driv­ing with­out a re­straint. One per­son was charged with drink-driv­ing.

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