Regional police will be focusing on fatigue as part of the Christmas/New Year road safety campaign.
Police will hold traffic operations in ‘fatigue zones’ and also try to raise awareness of the effects of fatigue and a lack of concentration.
Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan said drivers in regional WA were particularly susceptible to both fatigue and fading attention.
“Driver fatigue and inattention and driver distraction are among the most difficult factors to police, yet we know they are a significant contributing factor in serious and fatal crashes,’’ he said.
Police Minister Liza Harvey said there would be more vehicles on the road and urged WA motorists to be patient and considerate of other road users.
“Rude, aggressive and risk-taking behaviour, including speeding and drink-driving is unacceptable,’’ she said.
“Quite simply, your actions on the road have consequences and sometimes those consequences can be tragic.’’
Police will be do roadside checks in areas about two hours driving distance from Perth as people leave the metropolitan area for their holidays.
Police will also be checking licences, doing random breath tests and speed cameras will be used.Double demerits began today and run until midnight on Sunday January 6.
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