Personal experience with the consequences of a car crash is one of the factors the new Bunbury police traffic officer-in-charge will bring to his new role.
Sgt Craig Clarke — who has been the traffic OIC for two weeks — has seen a family member seriously injured in a crash.
“I have seen the heartache you get with that sort of carnage,” he said.
Sgt Clarke some people did not realise the dangers of reckless driving.
“It can feel great to drive quickly, but the consequences aren’t worth it,” he said.
Sgt Clarke comes to his new position after two years as a shift sergeant, and said he was looking forward to the differences.
“So far there has been a different pace of life, it is not as hectic but it is still a challenge,” he said.
“You can’t get bored in this job, but you tend to get burned out if you stay in one area too long.”
Sgt Clarke said he was still learning the supervisory role and hoped he could make a difference.
“I hope I can work towards a reduction in speeding and hoon behaviour,” he said.
Sgt Clarke said he would not be making any major changes to how the traffic division was run in the near future.“It’s easy to go into a new place and change things for change’s sake, but that’s not always right,” he said.