‘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.’
The annual western suburbs’ exodus to coastal holiday homes and excited students in share cars prompted police to set up a warning sign and the shell of a 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. Drivers will also face double demerit points for speeding, bad driving and other road offences.
Snr Sgt Di Prinzio said the greatest portion 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 rushed journeys could result in a crash.
Police statistics show about 30 per cent of serious crashes in the country involved a driver being alone in their car that hit a tree or obstacle, or the vehicle rolled because of driver fatigue.