Police to target errant drivers on long weekend

Jacinta CantatoreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Australind Police officer-in-charge Acting Sen. Sgt Chris Clelland will be part of a long-weekend blits to keep the roads safe.
Camera IconAustralind Police officer-in-charge Acting Sen. Sgt Chris Clelland will be part of a long-weekend blits to keep the roads safe. Credit: Jacinta Cantatore/Jacinta Cantatore

Speeding, drink-driving and drivers using mobile phones are top of the hit list for Australind police this long weekend.

Police are also urging motorists to be considerate of other road users who may not be used to driving on country roads.

The warning comes in the lead up to the Queen’s birthday long weekend, with double demerits in force from midnight Thursday.

Australind police officer-in-charge Acting Sen. Sgt Chris Clelland said all available officers would be out in force to make sure road users enjoyed the break and got home safely.

“Leave a little earlier, make sure you’re rested and drive to the conditions,” he said.

South West traffic officers would also be patrolling the area with support from the Perth traffic enforcement division.

Drug and alcohol buses will also be set up at various locations throughout the long weekend.

“We will be targeting speed, drink-driving, drug-driving, fatigue and the use of mobile phones,” Sen. Sgt Clelland said.

“We still regularly issue infringements for people who don’t have the consideration to turn their phone off or put it in their pocket, or safely secure their device in a dash mount.”

Sen. Sgt Clelland urged drivers to be aware that some of their fellow motorists may be visiting the area and not be familiar with the lay of the land.

“Please be aware of people who may be visiting from Perth or out of town who may not have experience driving on country roads,” he said.

“Slow down and take care at intersections especially.

“We want to ensure everybody enjoys the long weekend and gets home safely.”

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