Police are asking drivers to take care on the roads heading into the holidays to avoid road deaths this Christmas.
Bunbury Sgt Craig Clarke said the police would be doing all they could to reduce risks on the road, but needed the public to make informed, responsible choices.
“The main cause of deaths during the Christmas period is speeding, alcohol and lack of restraints,” he said.
“Fatigue is also a contributing factor, so make sure you take constant breaks during a drive.
“And watch your temperament. Road rage comes as a result of being tired, late, hot and things going on in your life.”
Sgt Clarke said police would be highly visible — especially on highways — during the Christmas period.
“There will be a limited use of unmarked cars because we’re going for a high-visibility presence,” he said.
“What the public wants is for us to be visible, so that’s what we’re doing.”
Speed cameras will also be used during the holiday period and Sgt Clarke reminded motorists all police cars were equipped with radar guns.
“It would be a terrible gift to receive news that a loved one had been in a crash. Keep Christmas a good time of the year,” he said.
Sgt Clarke said proper planning was the key to a safe, non-stressful drive and he encouraged people to not make driving a chore.
“Don’t forget what Christmas is all about, don’t lose the Christmas spirit,” he said.
“Plan your route carefully, build it into the holiday and don’t forget to give the kids a break too.
“Stress, heat and distractions can make people inattentive and cause silly mistakes on the road.”
Sgt Clarke also reminded people children under seven needed to have suitable seats in the car.
“If you have a small child over seven though, they may still need a special seat,” he said.
“Please make sure children are properly restrained.”
Double demerits will apply from December 21 to January 7.