‘Tis the season to be safe on our roads
21 Dec 2017
The Road Safety Commission has welcomed targeted drink and drug driving enforcement by WA Police Force this Christmas and New Year period.
Acting Road Safety Commissioner Iain Cameron joined Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts and WA Police Force Commissioner Chris Dawson at the Christmas Road Safety Campaign Launch in Burswood today, where a new drug driving testing regime for regional WA was unveiled.
“We want all West Australians, and those visiting our state for the holidays, to enjoy Christmas celebrations with friends and family,” said Mr Cameron.
“However, one of the biggest risks on our roads at this time of year is that people continue to mix alcohol or drugs with driving, putting themselves, their families and others on the road in danger.
“This effort by WA Police Force across the State is a warning to drivers that you can be caught driving under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs anytime, anywhere.
You can be caught driving under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs anytime, anywhere.
“If you plan to enjoy a few drinks with family and friends, plan ahead and designate a skipper or book some nearby accommodation, or use public transport or a taxi service to get you safely home.”
Some West Australians drive long distances to celebrate Christmas with loved ones, and Mr Cameron said fatigue remains a significant danger on WA roads.
“Fatigue or micro-sleep can set in quickly, on long journeys but also short trips, depending on the quality of your sleep and how long you’ve been awake,” said Mr Cameron.
“So you need to plan ahead and have a good night’s rest before getting in the car.”
Mr Cameron added that double demerit points will also apply across the holidays.
“Double demerit penalties will apply to all mobile phone, speeding, drink and drug driving, red light and seatbelt offences from midnight 21 December until midnight 7 January,” said Mr Cameron.