Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Former Minister for Police; Road Safety

    Traditional Blessing of the Roads promotes safe driving over Easter

    28/03/2018 10:30 AM
    • Traditional Easter Blessing of the Roads promotes safe driving
    • Double demerit points enforced across long weekend 

    Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts has called on Western Australian road users to work together towards a fatality-free Easter at today's Blessing of the Roads ceremony in Sorrento.


    The traditional Easter ceremony, conducted by the Salvation Army on behalf of the cities of Joondalup, Swan and Stirling, promotes safe driving over the Easter long weekend.


    The four-day break provides the opportunity for travel around the State, and Mrs Roberts urged drivers to consider how their behaviour behind the wheel could affect their loved ones and other road users.


    Double demerit points apply to speeding, mobile phone, drink and drug driving, red light and seatbelt offences from midnight tonight until midnight Monday, April 2.


    Comments attributed to Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts:


    "Easter is one of the busiest periods on our roads, as people take the opportunity to travel and spend time with family and friends.


    "Be prepared if you are travelling long distances by getting a good night's sleep, taking regular breaks along the journey, and swap drivers if you're feeling fatigued.


    "Police will have every available traffic vehicle out on our roads, particularly in regional WA.


    "Double demerit points will apply if you're caught speeding, using a mobile phone behind the wheel, impaired by alcohol or drugs, not wearing a seatbelt or going through a red light.


    "We want Western Australians to enjoy their Easter break with family and friends, but we also want them to return home safely, so please take care on the roads this long weekend."


    Minister's office - 6552 6900