‘Too many driv­ers are risk­ing lives’

Great Southern Herald - - News - Tim Ed­munds

Po­lice have backed the use of dash­board cam­eras to rid the roads of reck­less and dan­ger­ous driv­ers on lo­cal high­ways.

Great South­ern Po­lice District Su­per­in­ten­dent Ian Clarke said the lives of too many mo­torists were be­ing put at risk on ma­jor high­ways by driv­ers with a his­tory of dan­ger­ous be­hav­iour be­hind the wheel.

Great South­ern po­lice last week launched Op­er­a­tion Over­view, the district’s new road safety cam­paign tar­get­ing key crash causes.

“Sta­tis­ti­cal data shows driv­ers who reg­u­larly of­fend on the roads are more likely to be in­volved in a se­ri­ous or fa­tal crash,” he said.

Supt Clarke said dan­ger­ous driv­ers and those who de­lib­er­ately flouted the law by driv­ing un­der sus­pen­sion were on the po­lice radar.

“They are the sorts of peo­ple we want to get off the road, peo­ple who are putting other peo­ple’s lives at risk,” he said.

“We’re in­ter­ested in the peo­ple who are cross­ing the dou­ble white lines and putting other driv­ers’ lives at risk. It is po­ten­tially a 220km/h im­pact be­tween two cars and peo­ple just gen­er­ally don’t sur­vive that.”

Supt Clarke said while po­lice sup­ported mo­torists us­ing dash­cams, if they wanted to pro­vide footage as ev­i­dence of reck­less and dan­ger­ous driv­ing, they would be re­quired to at­tend court to be a wit­ness for the po­lice pros­e­cu­tion case.

“It’s some­thing that peo­ple can make a choice with but cer­tainly it’s proven to be ex­tremely valu­able to us when we are in­ves­ti­gat­ing crashes and when we are in­ves­ti­gat­ing poor driv­ing,” he said.

“Peo­ple are able to pro­vide re­ally damn­ing ev­i­dence to those who are driv­ing reck­lessly on the road. I cer­tainly think it’s a great thing to have and if peo­ple choose to do that, we cer­tainly en­cour­age it.”

Fletcher In­ter­na­tional truck driver Mur­ray York, who shared his ex­pe­ri­ences with im­pa­tient and dan­ger­ous driv­ers last year by re­leas­ing footage of near misses, said poor de­ci­sion-mak­ing con­tin­ued to oc­cur. Mr York said Fletcher In­ter­na­tional had gone to the lengths of warn­ing mo­torists with “We re­port dan­ger­ous driv­ing” signs placed on the backs of its trucks.

“Whether they read it, that’s another thing,” he said.

A hearse over­takes a truck across a solid white line.

A van over­takes a truck across dou­ble-white lines while ap­proach­ing a brow.

A Hyundai sedan nar­rowly avoids a head-on crash.

A white SUV over­takes de­spite an on­com­ing truck, forc­ing the truck into the gravel.

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