Holiday traffic prompts warning
South West Traffic officer-in-charge Sgt Gerard Murphy urges drivers to be patient during the school holiday period.

An influx of drivers on the roads during the school holidays has prompted a call from traffic police for drivers to be play it safe.

South West Traffic officer-incharge Sgt GerardMurphy said drivers needed to be prepared for delays when travelling on the roads.

‘‘People coming through the city sometimes think it will not take very long because they’re used to travelling here from a few years ago,’’ he said.

‘‘Now that there’s more traffic lights at intersections, things have been slowed down a little and people need to remember that when planning their trip.

‘‘There will also be a lot more cars around which also obviously slows things down.’’

Sgt Murphy said drivers needed to be prepared on the roads and that included having breaks duringlongtrips.

‘‘We say that people need to have a break every two hours, but they often forget about the fact they’ve been working for eight to 10 hours before they begin their trip,’’ he said.

‘‘For instance, those coming from Perth I would say should drive out of the city and then swap drivers or have a break.

‘‘We want to see people going away and returning home safely.’’

Sgt Murphy urged drivers to be careful.

‘‘Don’t push your limit and remember to respect other road users,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s all about choosing how you drive — whether you’re courteous or not and we hope everybody will be this holiday break.’’

For more information about road conditions and closures visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au.

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