Police call for driver care this Easter

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser

Drivers are being urged to consider how they will get to their destination safely during one of the busiest times on locals roads this Easter.

Police will be out in force this long weekend, with the double demerit period beginning today.

Great Southern police district acting inspector Craig Wasley said officers from Perth would complement traffic patrols from the region’s police, who were committed to keeping the roads, including major highways, safe.

Acting Insp. Wasley said police would be targeting fatigue, drink and drug-driving, speeding, seatbelts and mobile phone use — which contributed to serious and fatal crashes. “Police from Perth will be doing breath and drug operations in the district,” he said.

“People should be aware police will be out and about.

“The issues we are targeting do contribute to fatal accidents.”

Last Easter more than 200 drivers were issued speeding infringements during the double demerit period in the Great Southern.

“Easter is traditionally one of the busiest times on the roads,” Acting Insp. Wasley said.

“We urge drivers to take regular breaks, watch your speed, make sure you’re wearing seatbelts and don’t use your mobile phone.

“Stay safe and be patient as there will be a lot of traffic.”

Double demerits apply until the end of Monday.

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