Traf­fic of­fences tar­geted

Broome Advertiser - - OPINION - Se­nior Sergeant Les An­drews

Com­mu­nity mem­bers within the Broome Po­lice sub-dis­trict may have no­ticed a num­ber of of­fi­cers from the Perth-based Traf­fic Breath and Drug Op­er­a­tions Group per­form­ing tar­geted ac­tions within the town cen­tre and its ex­ter­nal ar­te­rial routes in re­cent weeks.

Ini­tial re­ports in­di­cate in ad­di­tion to a num­ber of Cat­e­gory A Road Traf­fic Code of­fences, which in­clude speed­ing, use of mo­bile phone while driv­ing, and fail­ing to wear seat­belts, the of­fi­cers also de­tected a large num­ber of driv­ers with ex­cess the pre­scribed blood al­co­hol lim­its and a num­ber of driv­ers with indi­ca­tions of il­licit drugs within their blood.

This should be a re­minder we are all ac­count­able for our de­ci­sions to drive af­ter al­co­hol or drug con­sump­tion.

It is not safe to drive un­der the in­flu­ence of any sub­stances, and be­ing even just over is not ac­cept­able.

I urge ev­ery­one to con­sider how you would feel should you be in­volved in a crash with another driver with ex­cess blood al­co­hol levels and use that frus­tra­tion as a mo­ti­va­tor to not do the same.

Briefly touch­ing base on re­ported crime over the past week — with the in­crease in pop­u­la­tion com­menc­ing with the dry sea­son we are see­ing an in­crease in thefts, mostly re­lat­ing to theft from mo­tor ve­hi­cles.

Frus­trat­ing as it is, most thefts are op­por­tunis­tic, of items that are left in mo­tor ve­hi­cles, both se­cured and un­se­cured.

We have long passed the days we can leave our doors open and prop­erty un­se­cured.

It is im­por­tant we re­main vig­i­lant and se­cu­rity con­scious for our­selves and our neigh­bours to min­imise the like­li­hood of be­com­ing a vic­tim of this avoid­able of­fence.

On a pos­i­tive note, this past week has seen some rapid res­o­lu­tions to a num­ber of re­ported bur­glary and theft of­fences.

A num­ber of per­pe­tra­tors have been quickly ap­pre­hended and charged with theft and bur­glary of­fences, with some stolen prop­erty be­ing re­cov­ered and re­turned to the vic­tim.

It is hope­ful these out­comes will have a pos­i­tive im­pact in the near fu­ture.

My name is Les An­drews and I have re­cently been ap­pointed as the new Of­fi­cer-In-Charge of Broome Po­lice Sta­tion.

I look for­ward to meet­ing many of you in the com­mu­nity and di­rect­ing my team of of­fi­cers to in­crease the qual­ity of polic­ing we pro­vide.

For 24-hour po­lice as­sis­tance, phone Broome Po­lice sta­tion on 9194 0200. In an emer­gency, dial 000. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion for po­lice can call Broome Po­lice sta­tion or Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

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