Three people, including a four-year-old girl, have died in three fatal crashes on the state’s roads in as many days, as some roads users continue to ignore appeals for responsible behaviour and put themselves and others at risk, police say.
The three deaths occurred since the launch of Operation Arrive Alive, a six-week state-wide high-visibility Traffic and Highway Patrol operation focussing on reducing road trauma at 12.01am on Friday 18 December 2015. The operation will run until Tuesday 26 January 2016.
“Our message to road users is quite clear, throughout Operation Arrive Alive, all available Traffic and Highway Patrol Command staff will be on our roads right throughout Christmas, New Year, and beyond, making sure that you, your passengers and other road users get to and from your destinations safely,” Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, Commander of the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command said.
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“While these matters remain under investigation, speed, fatigue, drink or drug driving, not wearing a seat belt, or being distracted by a mobile phone may well be critical factors in these tragic crashes.
In just three days, 155 people were charged with drink-driving.
“To have 155 people charged with drink-driving is extremely concerning. The message to those people, and others who think drink-driving is acceptable: We will stop you and we will penalize you.
“Traffic and HWP Command officers will be working closely with general duties staff in conducting random drug and breath testing, making sure those drivers who test positive are prosecuted off our roads.
“Operationally we will have the entire Traffic & Highway Patrol Command, made up of Highway Patrol Officers, Crash Investigators, supervision and support staff all focussed on having road users ‘Arrive Alive’ this Christmas, New Year, right through to the Australia day period,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.
As part of Operation Arrive Alive, double demerit points will apply for speeding, mobile phone use, seatbelt and helmet use.
Double demerits will apply from 24 December 2015 to January 3 2016 and from 22 January 2016 to 26 January 2016 inclusive.
Key Statistics (Three-day total):
Speed infringements: 3,779
Breath tests: 149,830
PCA charges: 155
Major crashes: 286