John D'Orazio

John D'Orazio

Former Minister for Police and Emergency Services; Justice; Community Safety

    Wheatbelt police step up traffic enforcement.

    27/02/2006 3:00 PM

    Five new, more powerful highway patrol vehicles will help make Wheatbelt roads safer this year

    Police and Emergency Services Minister John D’Orazio announced that Jurien Bay would receive a new patrol vehicle next month, with Merredin and Gingin Police stations to receive patrol vehicles in August.

    Northam police already have one new Holden SV6 vehicle and will receive another in the next few months.

    “These new patrol vehicles are highly visible, have better handling and acceleration and more safety features for drivers, making them a more effective vehicle for highway patrol duties,” Mr D’Orazio said.

    The Minister said local police were using better policing strategies and vehicles to step up traffic enforcement in the Wheatbelt District.

    “Wheatbelt police are analysing traffic movements and crash details to ensure they are in the right place at the best time to enforce traffic laws and save lives,” he said.

    “In the first six weeks of this year, the number of traffic infringements for offences such as speeding and not wearing seatbelts has grown significantly, compared with the same period last year."

    Compared with January last year, speeding infringements in January 2006 went up from 370 to 659, seatbelt infringements from 10 to 42 and others from 87 to 129.

    “Western Australia’s major road links to the east and the north run through the Wheatbelt and last year the district recorded the highest number of fatal crashes in regional WA,” Mr D’Orazio said.

    “So far this year, there has been a reduction in the number of critical and fatal crashes in the Wheatbelt, but local police will not be relaxing their vigilance.”

    Minister's office: 9213 7150