Po­lice tar­get drug and drink-driv­ing

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Jac­inta Can­ta­tore

Har­vey po­lice have is­sued a warn­ing to mo­torists who choose to get be­hind the wheel af­ter drink­ing al­co­hol or tak­ing drugs.

“We’re tar­get­ing road users for a num­ber of of­fences, par­tic­u­larly re­lat­ing to drugs and drink and drug-driv­ing,” Har­vey po­lice of­fi­cer-in-charge Sgt Scott Gillis said.

The warn­ing comes af­ter two peo­ple were is­sued drink-driv­ing in­fringe­ments.

On Novem­ber 16, of­fi­cers stopped a ve­hi­cle trav­el­ling along Uduc Road near the town cen­tre.

The driver was breathal­ysed and po­lice al­lege he gave a posi- tive read­ing. A 19-year-old Cook­er­nup man was charged with driv­ing in ex­cess of 0.05.

On Novem­ber 17, po­lice stopped a ve­hi­cle trav­el­ling along South West­ern High­way and breathal­ysed the driver.

A 26-year-old Har­vey man was charged with driv­ing in ex­cess of 0.05.

Po­lice is­sued the two of­fend­ers with on-the-spot fines.

On Novem­ber 18, of­fi­cers per­formed a rou­tine traf­fic stop on a ve­hi­cle in the Har­vey CBD.

Upon search­ing the ve­hi­cle po­lice al­legedly found two smok­ing im­ple­ments.

A 32-year-old North Yun­derup man was charged with two counts of pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia.

He will ap­pear in Har­vey Mag­is­trates Court next month.

Sgt Gillis said all po­lice ve­hi­cles had breath-test­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties and the abil­ity to call for spe­cialised drug test­ing.

“It’s crit­i­cal peo­ple are in the right state to be able to drive when they get be­hind the wheel, es­pe­cially in the lead up to the fes­tive sea­son when there are more peo­ple on the road,” he said.

“Over the sum­mer months we will be fo­cussing on all driv­ing of­fences.

“Not just al­co­hol, but drugs as well.”

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