Police maintain strong prescence on roads

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times

South West police have warned of a continued strong presence on the roads during the Christmas and New Year period.

It comes as police kicked-off what will be a number of “random” roadside operations last week.

Speed detection equipment and the booze bus were used during the three-day operation on Bussell Highway near Bunbury Hospital.

South West traffic officer-in-charge Sgt Craig Clarke praised drivers during the operation, describing the general behaviour as “refreshing”.

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Police Roadside RBT operation, Bussel Hwy.
Camera IconPolice Roadside RBT operation, Bussel Hwy. Credit: Jon Gellweiler

Of the 440 alcohol and drug tests done only one was positive, according to Sgt Clarke.

“It was pleasing to see that the majority of the population is doing the right thing,” Sgt Clarke said.

He said the operation was random and every driver was tested, no matter their age.

He also said South West residents could “absolutely” expect similar operations into next year.

“The bus will be down and we’ll have traffic enforcement groups helping out from Perth, so it won’t just be us out on the roads,” Sgt Clarke said.

He said officers hoped drivers would be responsible and reach their Christmas destinations safely.

“It’s really not just about a message to individual drivers, it’s about getting the message across to absolutely everyone,” he said.

“And if people do suspect someone is unfit to drive, contact police so we can help.”

Double demerits will come into effect from midnight tonight until January 8.

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