While local police are overall pleased with the results from their Christmas road blitz, there are concerns around the number of drivers choosing to speed, as the offence again tops the list of infringements issued.
Speeding has accounted for almost 70 percent of the total 133 offences detected by police in the Goldfields Police Service Area (PSA) during Operation Roadwise, which ran from December 13, 2019 to January 5 this year.
The operation targeted dangerous driving, drink and drug driving and irresponsible behaviour on the roads over the Christmas and New Year period in the wake of last year’s alarmingly high road toll.
While down on the 140 speeding offences recorded for the same operation the previous year, the 90 offences were recorded from December 19 to January 5, as data was not collected during the start of the operation due to police industrial action.
Local Area Commander for the Goldfields PSA, Inspector Donna Mitchell, said although the number of recorded offences was lower than previous years, speeding remains a “concern” locally and said it’s frustrating people continue to speed.
“It is a concern that people are speeding and it’s even more of a concern that people knew there would be more police on the road over this period and still took the risk,” she said.
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