Operation crossroads concludes but the message to drivers about safety remains the same

Police are urging all motorists to concentrate on the roads as Operation Crossroads comes to a conclusion. While there were many examples of responsible driving, police detected a significant number of offences for speeding, inattentive driving and mobile phone use.

“With the Easter Operation Crossroads concluded, police would like to congratulate the majority of road users. It’s disappointing however, to see the number of infringement notices issued over the Easter period and the number of people that were put at risk by driving behaviours that involve distraction.” said Acting Inspector Justin Lawson.

Between the 1st of April and the 6th of April, operation crossroads seen the following traffic enforcement activities across the state:

  • Random drug & alcohol tests: 4423
  • Motorists charged with drink driving offences: 31
  • Oral Fluid Tests Conducted: 97
  • Motorists who returned positive oral fluid tests: 31
  • Infringement notices issued for speeding offences: 632
  • Infringement notices issued for inattentive driving: 38
  • Infringement notices issued for mobile phone use: 35
  • Infringement notices issued for seat belt offences: 11

“During Operation Crossroads 632 infringement notices were issued for speeding offences and 35 for mobile phone offences. That text message or phone call can wait. If you are driving, leave your phone alone.” said Acting Inspector Lawson.

“Excessive speed and inattention are the two largest contributors to fatal and serious injury crashes on our roads.”

“I urge every driver and rider to slow down, obey the speed limit and remember that it’s not just your life you could be putting on the line. Everyone is keen to get away for that Easter break but it’s not worth risking your life and that of other road users, just for the sake of arriving a few minutes earlier at your destination.”

During the Operation Crossroads period from 1 to 6 April, there was 1 fatal crash and 3 serious injury crashes on our roads.

“Every death and serious injury on our roads is one too many. The life-long impression on everyone involved in a crash is devastating. From their families, their friends and loved ones to he first responders attending the scene. The far reaching impacts can be very distressing.”

“Although Operation Crossroads has concluded, police remain committed to improving driver behaviour by maintaining regular patrols on urban and rural roads. You never know where the police may be, that car behind you could be an unmarked police vehicle.” Acting Inspector Lawson said.

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