Traffic cops reveal hotspots
Traffic offence hotspots in Broome have been revealed by traffic police.
The 90km/h zone just out of town on Broome Highway and the 50km/h stretch of Old Broome Road from the town centre roundabout were the the worst for speeding, while drivers illegally trying to cross traffic on Gubinge Road, near Sanderling Drive, were handed dozens of tickets weekly.
Kimberley Traffic Acting Sergeant Clint Haley said one motorist was allegedly doing 150km/h in the 90km/h section of Broome Highway last week, near Roebuck Roadhouse, but it was just one of many recent incidents.
“We have had half a dozen incidents recently of motorists travelling 120km/h in the 90km/h zone,” he said. “These drivers risk loss of licence and charges of reckless driving if they exceed the speed limit by 45km/h.
“We still find that drivers claim they did not see the speed change signs, but a number of these people have been locals who have probably driven past them numerous times.”
Police will allege another offender was driving at 170km/h in a 110km/h zone on the highway, while heading to Broome.
The driver, a man in his 20s, was issued a surrender notice and the vehicle was delivered to Broome Police Station that day.
But it was on Old Broome Road where Sgt Haley said officers saw the greatest number of people exceeding speed limits.
He said motorists often drove at up to 80km/h in what was a 50km/h to 60km/h zone.
And while speeding remained a problem, Sgt Haley said police had also been handing out $300 fines with three demerit points for illegal U-turns off Gubinge Road. He said the Gubinge Road, Sanderling Drive and Flowerdale Road intersection “seemed to cause confusion” for drivers, who often illegally attempted to take a short-cut.
“We have observed them going against the flow of traffic by turning right off Sanderling Drive when there is no right turn allowed,” he said.
“On other occasions we have seen motorists turn right off Flowerdale Road into the slip lane, then U-turn left and drive against the flow of Gubinge Road traffic and into Sanderling Drive.”
Sgt Haley warned drivers that their actions had consequences.
“There is the potential for accidents to occur,” he said.
Kimberley Traffic Acting Sergeant Clint Haley observes traffic at the Gubinge Road and Sanderling Drive intersection, a hotspot for traffic offences.