Police beef up Easter patrols

L-R Snr Const Bevan Rankin, Const Leah Daly, Det Sgt Rob Witt & Det Sen Sgt Craig Micale.
L-R Snr Const Bevan Rankin, Const Leah Daly, Det Sgt Rob Witt & Det Sen Sgt Craig Micale.

‘When they go down they want to go as fast as possible as there’s an eagerness to get there,’ Senior-Sergeant Sandro Di Prinzio said.

‘When they return they are tired and fatigued and want to get home.

‘Just slow down to get there and when you come back, so you can have a great holiday.’

The annual exodus to coastal holiday homes and excited students in share cars prompted police to set up a warning sign and crashed car at the University of WA, Stirling Highway, for the first time last week.

The operation will also use detectives, plain clothes and traffic officers across Perth and drivers will also face double demerit points for speeding, bad driving and other road offences.

Sgt Di Prinzio said the majority of serious or fatal crashes occurred on the regional roads that would be used by holiday makers during the four-day Easter break when excessive speed, alcohol, intolerance of other drivers and not allowing enough time for the journey could result in a crash.

Police statistics show 30 per cent of serious crashes in the country involved a driver being alone in a car that hit a tree or obstacle, or the vehicle rolled because of driver fatigue.

‘Sleep well before travelling, take rest stops and don’t drink,’ Sgt Di Prinzio said.