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Police out in force over weekend

Friday, 22nd December, 2017

Police stationed at the RBT in Williams St by Memorial Oval yesterday morning. Police stationed at the RBT in Williams St by Memorial Oval yesterday morning.

By Myles Burt

Police are making themselves known this holiday period by setting up a random breath test station outside Memorial Oval yesterday as a part of Operation Safe Arrival.

The operation is targeting fatigue, speeding, alcohol and drug driving and distractions such as using mobile telephones when driving.

Double demerit points apply from today until January 1.

Inspector Malcolm Andrews says there have been fatalities across the state with most of those involving local people on local roads.

“People go into holiday mode, they let their guard down. These things do happen,” he said.

Insp. Andrews says that police aim to be visible throughout the holiday period to help combat issues on the road and help others feel safer on their travels.

“It’s not about detecting offences; it’s about being visible, making people think and stopping the offences in the first place.”

Police strongly encourage those who plan to drink to have a Plan B whether that be a designated driver, taxi or having a parent, partner or friend pick you up after a night out.

Insp. Andrews says even having one drink can be risky as you can’t calculate the effect alcohol will have in your system. 

Drivers travelling long distances should also stop every two hours to combat fatigue.

“Fatigue will catch up to you very quickly on long drive.”

Police also urged motorists to stick to the speed limit but also drive to the conditions, such as in the wet and around bends.

After the New Year, Operation Safe Arrival will turn into Safe Return which will continue until school resumes.

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