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Plea to drive safely this Easter

18 Apr 2019

WA Police and the Road Safety Commission have asked the public to drive carefully over the Easter break, with double demerits points applying until midnight on Monday.

Police will be targeting speed and being caught with a laser scrambler that renders speed cameras ineffective, will cost the driver 14 demerit points.

Other offences attracting double demerits include drink or drug driving, failing to wear a seatbelt, running a red light and illegal use of a mobile phone while driving.

Acting Road Safety Commissioner, Simon Grieve told a media conference that the Commission is targeting fatigue, or drowsy driving through education campaigns this Easter.

“Working a long day, packing up, then heading off on an Easter holiday is a bad idea,” he said. “If you’ve been awake for 17 hours, you’re driving with a reaction time of 0.05% blood alcohol content.”

“If your eyelids are drooping and you’re losing attention, it is the driver’s responsibility to get off the road and take a break. Pull over, change drivers or have a sleep. Only a short sleep  – a 15 or 20 minute sleep is optimal so you don’t feel groggy when you wake up.”

Mr Grieve said that the same safety advice applied to motorcyclists.

“It is motorcycle safety week this week and the Easter weekend is a popular time to go for a ride,” he said.

“The Road Safety Commission would like everybody on our roads to get to your destinations, without injuring yourself or anybody else, get home safely, and have a happy Easter.”
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