Road safety focus for festive season
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