Call for safety over the fes­tive sea­son

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Tari Jef­fers

With the new year just around the cor­ner, hol­i­day­mak­ers to the Walpole and Peace­ful Bay area are be­ing asked to stay safe on the roads and be on their best be­hav­iour.

Peace­ful Bay is an an­nual hot spot dur­ing the New Year’s pe­riod and Walpole po­lice have asked peo­ple to drive to the road con­di­tions and be mind­ful of fa­tigue.

“Peace­ful Bay is a fam­i­lyfriendly en­vi­ron­ment so any­one at­tend­ing the area needs to re­mem­ber that the fo­cus is on a “fam­ily-friendly en­vi­ron­ment”, where ev­ery­one can have an en­joy­able and safe hol­i­day break,” Walpole of­fi­cer-in-charge Sgt John Bridger said.

“I wish you all a safe and happy hol­i­day pe­riod and look for­ward to see­ing you all back again for New Year’s Eve 2020.”

As part of the road and com­mu­nity safety mea­sures in the area, there will be ad­di­tional po­lice of­fi­cers op­er­at­ing in the re­gion.

There will be zero tol­er­ance for un­ruly be­hav­iour, street drink­ing and un­der­age drink­ing, Sgt Bridger said.

Po­lice re­sources such as road blocks, ran­dom breath tests and other speed-re­lated mat­ters will be used in the area over the hol­i­day pe­riod.

“It’s to en­sure ev­ery­one gets the op­por­tu­nity to visit next year and keep en­joy­ing this amaz­ing part of the world we live in,” Sgt Bridger said.

Windy Har­bour Vol­un­teer Ma­rine Res­cue com­man­der Nigel Kelly en­cour­aged peo­ple to make sure their boats were up to stan­dard and ready for the sea­son.

“Make sure they have enough fuel, the ser­vic­ing has been done on your boat and make sure your ra­dios are work­ing and up-to­date,” he said.

“Con­tact Windy Har­bour VMR on 81 VHF and Walpole VMR on 21 VHF when you go out on the wa­ter.”

Depart­ment of Trans­port will be at Windy Har­bour boat ramp on Jan­uary 8 with vouch­ers for new life jack­ets to re­place older ones.

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