Plea to drivers on drink-driving
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.