No room for complacency on our roads
Acting Road Safety Commissioner Iain Cameron has warned West Australian drivers that there is no room for complacency on our roads.
The Queen’s Birthday weekend marks the start of a busy fortnight on WA roads, with the school holidays and the Perth Royal Show also beginning with drivers urged to stay alert.
“After decades of community education, the majority of West Australians understand the risks around drink driving, speeding and not wearing seatbelts,” said Mr Cameron.
“However, three out of four fatal and serious injury crashes on WA roads are not caused by a risk-taking behaviour, but by someone who may be tired, a bit distracted or has a momentary lapse in concentration.”
Drivers who plan to travel over the long weekend, school holidays or to Perth for the Royal Show have been urged to take the necessary precautions to ensure a safe journey.
“A micro-sleep of four or five seconds at 110km/h is like driving the length of Optus Stadium with your eyes shut,” said Mr Cameron.
“Fatigue is the silent killer on our roads, please don’t drive after being awake for a long period of time, make sure you’re well rested, plan your journey with regular stops along the way and if you can, switch drivers.”
Double demerit points will be enforced by WA Police Force and apply to speeding, drink and drug driving,
mobile phone, red light and set belt offences from midnight tonight until midnight Monday.