- Government delivers $18.5 million dedicated highway patrol unit for regional roads
- Regional Enforcement Unit - a key election commitment progressed
This year's Easter traffic enforcement effort will be strengthened, with the Regional Enforcement Unit (REU) joining the police operation for the first time.
This newly established unit will be deployed to country highways, targeting unsafe driving behaviours this Easter long weekend.
The REU was a key election commitment of the McGowan Government, as part of an overall effort to address the disproportionately high road toll in regional areas.
$18.5 million has been committed to recruit an additional 25 police officers for the specialist traffic squad.
Since it commenced patrols on January 15, the Regional Enforcement Unit has:
- Stopped nearly 9,000 cars;
- Carried out 7,500 breath tests; and
- Issued 614 infringements for speeding.
The REU patrols are highly visible with their distinctive Toyota Klugers, and are additional to the day-to-day highway patrols undertaken by regional police officers.
Double demerit points are in effect until midnight on Monday, April 2.
Comments attributed to Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts:
"Our country roads are regularly over-represented in road fatalities and serious injury crashes.
"We are addressing this with a range of measures, including the creation of the REU - a highly visible police unit, dedicated to patrolling regional roads.
"Long weekends are a time of particular risk on the roads, as people take the opportunity to have a break with family or friends.
"This Easter we hope that with a combination of enforcement and responsible driving, there will be zero deaths on our roads."
Minister's office - 6552 6900