Plea to driv­ers on drink-driv­ing

Great Southern Herald - - Front Page - Se­nior Sergeant Si­mon Un­der­wood

Katan­ning po­lice have warned road users about drink-driv­ing lead­ing to higher-range charges.

Ran­dom breath test­ing is the norm through­out our great State in an ef­fort to re­duce road trauma and the im­pact on our com­mu­nity, par­tic­u­larly in re­gional ar­eas.

Katan­ning po­lice of­ten con­trib­ute to ran­dom breath test­ing, which is some­times sup­ported by our part­ner front­line re­spon­ders and lo­cal Road­Wise com­mit­tee in sup­port of the Road Safety Com­mis­sion strate­gies.

On Satur­day, May 19, a 33-yearold Katan­ning woman was stopped for a RBT at mid­night.

She pro­vided a for­mal breath re­turn at the Katan­ning Po­lice Sta­tion, which re­turned a read­ing of 0.089 per cent.

Of con­cern was that the fe­male driver was stopped at mid­night with a five-year-old child in the back seat. Thank­fully, the fe­male driver took time to prop­erly re­strain the child in the rear seat.

Her li­cence was im­me­di­ately sus­pended by po­lice pend­ing for­mal dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion by Katan­ning Mag­is­trate’s Court.

On Thurs­day, May 24, a 30-yearold Perth man was stopped for the man­ner of his driv­ing at 9.30pm.

He pro­vided a for­mal breath re­turn at Katan­ning Po­lice Sta­tion, which re­turned a read­ing of 0.334 per cent, which as­tounded po­lice be­cause it was more than six times over the le­gal limit.

Of even more con­cern was that not only was this driver driv­ing in our com­mu­nity with an ex­tremely high level of al­co­hol in his sys­tem, but also dur­ing ex­treme weather con­di­tions from the storm front.

We also re­mind the com­mu­nity that this WA Day long week­end, dou­ble de­mer­its ap­ply to the of­fences of speed­ing, seat­belts, drink and drug-driv­ing, con­tra­ven­ing traf­fic con­trol lights and il­le­gal use of mo­bile phones in cars from mid­night, Fri­day, June 1, to mid­night, Mon­day, June 4.

Po­lice across the State will be mon­i­tor­ing high­ways and road sys­tems to en­sure our com­mu­ni­ties and their fam­i­lies are not af­fected by road trauma.

A to­tal of 66 road fa­tal­i­ties have oc­curred this year, with 39 in re­gional com­mu­ni­ties (seven in the Great South­ern).

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the Road Safety Com­mis­sion web­site.

Katan­ning po­lice are also con­tin­u­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions into two night-time res­i­den­tial bur­glar­ies in Katan­ning. One of the home own­ers sighted four to five ju­ve­niles run­ning away.

DNA test­ing has been con­ducted on items left be­hind by the ju­ve­niles, which will be com­pared to the data­base to iden­tify those re­spon­si­ble.

Po­lice are keen to re­mind the com­mu­nity of the part they can play in re­duc­ing crime.

Crime Stop­pers can be used to re­port drug ac­tiv­ity, stolen prop­erty and other crime mat­ters on 1800 333 000.

Should you see any sus­pi­cious per­sons or ve­hi­cles in your area, call po­lice im­me­di­ately on 131 444.

You can also fol­low us on twit­ter @Katan­ningPol and you can sub­scribe to ewatch, which is free and pro­vides in­for­ma­tion from po­lice, your Neigh­bour­hood Watch com­mit­tee and your lo­cal govern­ment.

The WA road toll for the month of May.

A driver blew 0.334 nearKatan­ning.

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