Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Police; Road Safety; Defence Industry; Veterans Issues

    Police launch road safety blitz over Easter long weekend

    31/03/2021 9:15 AM
    • Double demerits commence at midnight tonight and apply until midnight April 5
    • Minister urges motorists to take care and be patient on the roads
    • High-visibility road traffic blitz this Easter long weekend

    Police and Road Safety Minister Paul Papalia today warned that police would be out in force this Easter long weekend as part of a high-visibility road traffic blitz.


    All available traffic resources will be deployed in metropolitan and regional Western Australia targeting major roads and highways linked with holiday hot spots.


    Both marked and unmarked traffic vehicles will be conducting pro-active patrols targeting speeding, mobile phone use, non-wearing of seatbelts and dangerous driving offences.


    Police also plan to conduct thousands of roadside alcohol and drug tests over the four-day holiday weekend.


    Double demerit points come into effect from midnight and will apply until midnight Monday, April 5.


    Comments attributed to Police and Road Safety Minister Paul Papalia:


    "Last Easter, there was significantly less traffic on our roads due to intrastate travel restrictions that were in place during the height of the pandemic.


    "This year however, it's anticipated many families will take advantage of the four-day break to travel to holiday destinations throughout our great State.


    "The success of our Wander Out Yonder campaign has also seen large numbers of people travelling to our regions.


    "For those on long trips, please take regular breaks, don't drive tired, be patient and remember there will be a big police presence on our roads.


    "Police will have a strong focus on speeding, drink and drug driving, seatbelt offences and drivers using their mobile phone.


    "This Easter we want all Western Australians to travel safely and enjoy time with their family."


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