Po­lice out to change this driver at­ti­tude on re­gion’s roads

Dubbo Photo News - - Front Page - By LY­DIA PEDRANA

PO­LICE pres­ence on the state’s roads will in­crease over the next 12 weeks as Op­er­a­tion Mer­ret gets un­der­way.

The ini­tia­tive not only tar­gets un­safe road be­hav­iours, but also encourages those do­ing the right thing.

De­scribed as an “un­ortho­dox” ap­proach to road polic­ing, of­fi­cers in­volved in Op­er­a­tion Mer­ret have been tasked with ed­u­cat­ing and em­pow­er­ing the pub­lic to make the right de­ci­sions.

Traf­fic and High­way Pa­trol Com­man­der, As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Michael Cor­boy, said there had been too many lives lost in pre­ventable tragedies this year on our roads.

“Mo­torists, pas­sen­gers and pedes­tri­ans need to be ac­count­able for the de­ci­sions they make that im­pact other road users,” As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Cor­boy said.

“To pre­vent fur­ther se­ri­ous in­jury or death on our roads, I im­plore ev­ery driver to take re­spon­si­bil­ity and en­sure safety is their primary fo­cus.

“Please slow down, wear your seat­belt, avoid han­dling mo­bile tele­phones, make cer­tain you are ad­e­quately rested be­fore driv­ing, and take reg­u­lar breaks to avoid fatigue.”

Op­er­a­tion Mer­ret comes as the Aus­tralian Road Safety Foun­da­tion (ARSF) re­leased new re­search which re­veals more than one in three NSW driv­ers ad­mit they are more likely to break a road rule when driv­ing on ru­ral roads.

Fur­ther­more, 58 per cent of those who con­fessed they were likely to break rules on ru­ral roads would do so be­cause they be­lieve they are less likely to be caught by po­lice.

ARSF Founder and CEO Rus­sell White urged Aus­tralians to take own­er­ship for their role in re­duc­ing the ru­ral road toll.

“While there are a number of fac­tors that con­trib­ute to the re­gional road toll, it’s ev­ery­day Aus­tralians that hold the key to safer roads,” Mr White said.

“We will con­tinue to see a sig­nif­i­cant and un­nec­es­sary loss of life on re­gional roads un­til we make a collective ef­fort to shift this men­tal­ity so that safety is front of mind for all road users.”

One in three driv­ers ad­mit they’re more likely to break a road rule while on ru­ral roads

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