Road safety fo­cus for fes­tive sea­son

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Holly Thomp­son

Po­lice across the re­gion are pre­par­ing for the fes­tive sea­son by in­creas­ing their pres­ence on the roads.

Bridgetown of­fi­cer-in-charge Sgt Phil Na­tion said driv­ers’ be­hav­iour and ran­dom breath tests would be the main fo­cus for of­fi­cers.

Sgt Na­tion said al­co­hol was a big prob­lem for po­lice at this time of year as peo­ple tended to cel­e­brate with at least a few drinks.

“I hope the in­creased RBTs de­ter peo­ple over the limit from driv­ing be­cause it only takes one mis­take to cause a very se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent,” he said.

“Peo­ple should take their time driv­ing to places and al­ways be alert be­hind the wheel so ev­ery­one can have a safe and merry Christ­mas.” He said in pre­vi­ous years the Christ­mas pe­riod had been good in terms of road ac­ci­dents, but when there was a crash it could be harder to help.

“Ac­ci­dents do have a greater im­pact over this pe­riod be­cause it can be harder to call on vol­un­teers and emer­gency ser­vices over the hol­i­days,” he said.

“It is a drain on our re­sources to have ev­ery­one we have out at one ac­ci­dent, in case some­thing else hap­pens else­where.”

Man­jimup act­ing of­fi­cer-in­charge Sgt Dar­ren Gill said peo- ple also needed to be aware of fuel lev­els, par­tic­u­larly when driv­ing long dis­tances.

“Make sure you have enough fuel and enough time to get places so you are not in a rush or stressed out,” he said.

“We would rather you ar­rive late than not at all.”

On top of the warn­ings about driv­ing over the fes­tive sea­son, act­ing Sgt Gill said peo­ple should also watch out for po­ten­tial bur­glar­ies.

“This time of year is great for would-be bur­glars be­cause they know most houses will have brand new items in them which peo­ple want to give as gifts,” he said.

“Make sure you lock your house and put presents out of sight if you can.”

Peo­ple should take their time driv­ing to places and al­ways be alert be­hind the wheel. -Sgt Phil Na­tion

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