Extensive Pilbara traffic campaign hailed a success

Alicia PereraPilbara News
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The Pilbara District Traffic police Easter operation nabbed less than 200 out of thousands of motorists driving dangerously in one of their most extensive campaigns in years.

Officers monitored 5240 drivers in just five days over the Easter long weekend in a campaign that involved a highway presence from every sub-district station in the region from Coral Bay to Newman.

Speeding was the main problem area, with 150 infringements handed out district-wide, including a high proportion of tourists from overseas.

But statistics for all other major driver offences were low.

Traffic police caught 13 drink drivers, 14 people without a seatbelt, and only one person driving on a mobile phone.

There were no fatalities, serious crashes or injuries all weekend.

Pilbara District Traffic co-ordinator Sergeant Paul Arnold said he was very pleased the operation had produced such good results.

“We really stamped our footprint down in our road policing ability, with massive results,” he said.

“It’s one of the most productive campaigns that we’ve run in the Pilbara. The closest was Operation Silver in September, 2015 (4117 drivers monitored), and that was over two weeks. We managed this over three or four days.”

Sgt Arnold said traffic police had given the Easter campaign their all to avoid the high number of accidents on Labour Day last year.

Vehicle and tyre maintenance were also focuses of the campaign.

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