Police target drugs, alcohol
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.