‘Stop means stop’

The Tatura Guardian - - News -

Re­cent com­mu­nity con­cern re­gard­ing mo­torists’ non-com­pli­ance with stop signs in Tatura has sparked Tatura Po­lice and Shep­par­ton High­way Pa­trol’s at­ten­tion.

Ear­lier this month the Coali­tion pledged $650 000, promis­ing to in­stall sig­nalling boom bar­ri­ers and a des­ig­nated pedes­trian cross­ing at the rail­way cross­ing on Dhur­ringile Rd if elected to gov­ern­ment this month.

Tatura Po­lice sta­tion com­man­der Sergeant Dar­ryl Phillips said the team had started with aware­ness by in­form­ing lo­cals of the risks.

‘‘Road safety is about sav­ing lives and pre­vent­ing in­jury, so obey the signs and keep ev­ery­one alive,’’ Sgt Phillips said.

He said mo­torists de­tected dis­obey­ing stop signs could ex­pect heavy fines and loss of de­merit points.

Fail­ure to stop and give way at a rail­way cross­ing: $806 fine and four de­merit points.

Fail­ure to stop and give way at in­ter­sec­tions: $322 fine and three de­merit points.

Sgt Phillips said the Tatura team was in the process of con­tact­ing all lo­cal trucking com­pa­nies to fur­ther en­force the law.

‘‘Stop means stop,’’ he said.

On duty: Tatura Po­lice Se­nior Con­sta­ble Julie Haigh keeps an eye out at the Dhur­ringile Rd, Tatura rail­way cross­ing.

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