Police will be out in force this long weekend as part of Operation Regal, with a focus on increased traffic and impaired driving.
Starting today, Friday, June 7, the operation will run until Monday, June 10 and Central Goldfields Highway Patrol Sergeant Noel Jacobs said Operation Regal will be conducted throughout all policing regions across the state, using available personnel from road policing units, general duties and other regional resources.
“The mission of the operation is to reduce the incidence of serious incidents and severity of road trauma across the state through a highly visible police presence and enforcement,” he said.
“The main focus for the operation is impaired driving, increased traffic on rural roads, holiday related traffic, towing of trailers and caravans and trail bike riding in state forests and parks.”
Sgt Jacobs said every police unit will be dedicated to the operation at some stage over the weekend and said drug and alcohol offences will be targeted, with booze buses “out in force”.
“We’ll be doing drug and alcohol enforcement and we’ll be concentrating on those areas over the weekend throughout the region,” he said.
“Due to the increased road toll we’re certainly looking at distraction offences as well, particularly mobile phones which is high on the list.
“Mobile phone use is definitely causing serious injuries, collisions and fatal accidents without a doubt and I’m sure officers will be out in force and certainly looking at mobile phone use.”
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