Make good decisions: police
South West police will be out in force over the festive period in a bid to keep the roads safe and ensure people make it home to spend Christmas with their families.
The region’s cops are calling on road users to make the right decisions and just “do what they know” over the Christmas and New Year period.
South West Supt Mick Sutherland said police would not be doing anything special or out of the ordinary, but were hoping people would just make the right decisions.
“We’re doing what we always do – we’re going to be out on the road watching for people that are putting other people at risk,” Supt Sutherland said.
“What we don’t want to see is people being one of those people.”
While the same messages around speed, drink-driving, fatigue, inattention and seatbelts are still being spread, Supt Sutherland said it came down to people just being safe.
“They can do that by concentrating on their driving, being patient and being courteous of each other,” he said.
“People know that they shouldn’t speed and they shouldn’t be drink-driving and we just want them to do what they know.”
It comes as the region’s road toll climbed to 27 at the weekend when a 19-year-old man died in a crash outside Harvey.
The State’s road toll sits at 150 for the year.
The human impact of the road trauma was revealed by Police Minister Michelle Roberts at the start of the month when the State Government placed dozens of shoes outside St George’s Cathedral.
The shoes represent the men, women, children, drivers, cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians who lost their lives this year.
“As we head into a busy time on our roads, I urge all Western Australians to pause and take a moment to remember the lives we have lost in road crashes so far this year,” Ms Roberts said.
“This display of empty shoes is a powerful reminder of all of those who won't be celebrating Christmas or the New Year with their families.
“I urge every driver these holidays to keep that image in their minds. Those shoes could be yours, your child’s, your parent’s or your friends.
“For those on long trips, take regular breaks, don't drive tired and remember there will be a big police presence on our roads.”
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