Esperance Police push road safety

A total of 22 people have been cautioned or received an infringement for speeding in the last fortnight, as Esperance Police continue to push their road safety message.

Esperance Police Acting senior sergeant Todd Pender said one of the individuals was detected doing 145km/h in a 110km/h zone, resulting in an $800 fine.

Since May 1, Esperance Police have conducted 763 random breath tests, 50 drug wipes and charged two people with no authority to drive.

Sergeant Pender said the operation had been relatively positive, with only one driver detected in excess of 0.08 and none testing positive to driving under the influence of drugs.

“The drug testing is a new process that we have here in WA for testing drivers who have been driving under the influence of drugs and, again, the positive from that is that no one was detected,” he said.

“Unfortunately we did catch three people driving whilst using their phones and we know that is still prevalent.

“We will continue to police that and that can get very expensive for some people.

“We want people to arrive at their destinations safely so we will continue to police roads in the way we need to to ensure that happens.”

Sergeant Pender advised motorists to exercise caution as winter approaches.

“It is wet weather and people need to pay due diligence to their vehicles,” he said.

“Motorists need to ensure that they’re roadworthy including tires, lighting, seat belts and windscreen wipers are in working order.”

As well as focusing on road safety, sergeant Pender said police would also be preparing for upcoming events, including the Agricultural Show, Emergency Services Fun Day, Police Remembrance Day and the School Holiday period.

“During the School Holidays we’ll have another operation targeting volume crime; stealing, stealing from vehicles, retail theft and burglary,” he said.

“If you leave your possessions unsecured, people will take advantage of that.

“We don’t think that’s right and we will do our best.”