Lead­foot driv­ers warned

North West Telegraph - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Speed­ing mo­torists are be­ing put on no­tice, with the WA Po­lice start­ing a new cam­paign re­mind­ing driv­ers of the ever-watch­ful pres­ence on our roads.

The State Govern­ment’s $550,000 We’re Watch­ing You cam­paign, rolled out last month, touches on the in­creased po­lice pres­ence and ad­di­tional cam­eras on the road to catch speed­ers.

Act­ing WA road safety com­mis­sioner Iain Cameron told Spirit Ra­dio speed was still one of the big­gest risk fac­tors on our roads.

“It may not al­ways be the speed­ing mo­torists’ fault, but when one ve­hi­cle is speed­ing the crash con­se­quences are so much more se­vere,” he said.

“As we slow down, and we are slow­ing down as a com­mu­nity, we are get­ting the ben­e­fits, not just for speed-re­lated crashes; it is for all crashes where we get ben­e­fit.

“Some of us ac­tu­ally need to get caught and pe­nalised be­fore we change our be­hav­iour.”

Po­lice and Road Safety Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts said par­tic­i­pa­tion of serv­ing of­fi­cers high­lighted the mag­ni­tude of the cam­paign.

“They have strong rea­son to dis­cour­age peo­ple from speed­ing, be­cause they have seen the cat­a­strophic con­se­quences,” she said.

“We know that speed­ing is a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to deaths and se­ri­ous in­juries on our roads.”

Ms Roberts said the cam­paign high­lighted the in­creased vig­i­lance and re­sources at the dis­posal of WA Po­lice.

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