Hon Rob Johnson JP MLA

Hon Rob Johnson JP MLA

Former Minister for Police; Road Safety

    Minister visits SW ahead of busy Easter period

    3/04/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • Big increase in road traffic expected in South-West over Easter
    • Local police to undertake five-day traffic campaign
    South-West residents are being urged to take extra care on the roads this week as hundreds of West Australians head to the region for Easter and the school holidays.

    Police and Road Safety Minister Rob Johnson said from Thursday, officers would undertake Operation Crossroads in the South-West as part of a State-wide police operation targeting unsafe driver behaviour.

    “Police will use a combination of high-visibility and unmarked police patrols with a strict no tolerance to anyone who breaks the law,” Mr Johnson said. 

    “Motorists can expect to see a greater number of police patrols within the area, with police officers using mobile and stationary speed detection devices and high volume random and targeted breath-testing operations.”

    The Minister today visited police officers in Margaret River and Busselton ahead of the Easter Traffic Campaign.

    “I am extremely proud of the efforts by local police in reducing road trauma on South-West roads, but they need motorists to play their part and take responsibility for their driving behaviour,” he said.

    “If you plan to drink, make plans not to drive. Always stay within the speed limit, take regular breaks and make sure you wear a seatbelt.

    “I urge motorists to heed these simple messages and drive with care this Easter for the sake of themselves, their loved ones and other innocent road users.”

          Fact File
    • All serious crashes in SW Police District in past year involved single vehicles in higher speed zones (80-110km/h)
    • SW District released 2012-13 Road Traffic Strategy in March 2012. Its previous road traffic strategy led to a reduction in the road toll from 38 in 2010 to 19 in 2011
    • Operation Crossroads will run in conjunction with double demerits, which apply from Thursday April 5, 12.01am-Monday April 9, 11.59pm
    • Margaret River Police Sub District had eight traffic fatalities and 20 serious crashes 2005-2009. Since Sept 2010, only two traffic fatalities in the sub district, with none in past year
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