South West police to crack down on speeding, dangerous driving this long weekend

Double demerit points for the Australia Day long weekend have come into effect from midnight last night.

From January 25 to 28, South West Police – helped by additional police resources – will be targeting anti-social and unsafe driving behaviour.

More than 300 drivers lost their licences due to double demerit points over the festive season, prompting a warning ahead of the Australia Day long weekend.

Police Minister Michelle Roberts released figures from the 17-day festive season police blitz, which saw 121,000 drivers randomly breath tested across the state.

  • 378 drivers were charged with drink driving-related offences;
  • 244 people were caught for illegally using their mobile phone while driving;
  • 15,511 people were fined for speeding; and
  • 66 drivers were charged with reckless, dangerous or careless driving offences.

301 people either reached or exceeded 12 demerit points during the period, with 211 of those losing 12 points as a result of a single vehicle stop.

Double demerit point penalties will apply again from midnight on Thursday, January 24 until midnight on Monday, January 28 for the following offences:

  • Drink or drug driving;
  • Speeding;
  • Failing to wear a seatbelt or child restraint;
  • Running a red light; and
  • Illegal use of a mobile phone while driving.

“Don’t risk losing your licence by making poor decisions on the road,” Ms Roberts said. 

“If you think about it, the consequences could be huge, it affects your family life, your job and your leisure.

“It’s really disappointing that 301 drivers accumulated 12 points or more during the last double demerit point period.

“Our officers are out there on the roads and our message is consistent, anywhere, anytime, it’s just not worth the risk.”

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