John D'Orazio

John D'Orazio

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

    Drive safely this Easter, save lives and keep your licences

    12/04/2006 1:00 PM

    Western Australian motorists are urged to drive safely and save lives this Easter.

    Community Safety Minister John D’Orazio today launched Operation Easter Care 2006.

    Mr D’Orazio said double demerit points for traffic offences would begin at midnight tonight and run until midnight on Monday.

    “Saving lives is the best reason to drive safely and obey the traffic laws, but a major traffic blitz is another,” the Minister said.

    “WA Police will be out in force, both in the metropolitan area and on the roads leading to regional holiday centres, and they will not hesitate to book lawbreakers.

    “Drivers will see the new highly visible patrol cars, motorcycles, traffic cameras and booze buses.“

    As well as speeding, police will be targeting drink-driving, seatbelts, and riding in the open load spaces of panel vans, trucks and utilities.

    “Do the right thing, do not break the law and you will not incur double demerit points,” Mr D’Orazio said.

    “Fines for these offences will not double, but drivers who have already lost points risk losing their licences.”

    The Minister also warned road users against travelling while tired.

    He said fatigue was the silent killer on WA roads and was believed to be a factor of up to 35 per cent of fatal crashes.

    “Fatigue-related serious injury and fatal crashes are not restricted to rural and regional roads,” Mr D’Orazio said.

    “Drivers who have been awake for 17 hours have the same level of impairment as someone with a BAC of 0.05.”

    The Minister urged those heading away for Easter to ensure they were well rested before setting out and to swap drivers, or take coffee breaks every so often.

    Minister's office: 9213 7150