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##March 23, 2016 4:25pm##
COVERT hoon cameras and motorcycle mounted speed radars will be deployed on country WA roads as part of a police road safety blitz this Easter long weekend.
Extra speed cameras, booze buses, numberplate recognition technology and long range cameras to detect seatbelt and mobile phone offences will also be rolled out across regional routes.
It comes as the RAC called on the Barnett Government to fast-track a trial of point to point speed cameras to help curb WA’s horrific rural road toll.
Eleven people died on WA roads over the Labour Day long weekend earlier this month. The 2016 road toll stands at 46, with 35 of those deaths in the country.
At the launch of the WA Police Easter traffic campaign today, Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said there would be “zero tolerance” for dangerous driving over Easter.
Raptor KP-1 Installed on Police Bike above Red Flash Light (above)
She said Easter was the busiest and most dangerous time of the year on the state’s roads and police would use everything in its traffic arsenal.
cameras to regional WA,” Ms Harvey said.
“Metropolitan motorists will also see heightened traffic operations including booze buses and must remember that any police car can test for alcohol and target traffic offences.”
Ms Harvey said she believed there was a “cultural acceptance” with regards to drink driving in some country areas which had to change.
“There is a cultural acceptance of drink driving in some of these regional communities that needs to shift if they want to change the road toll,” she said.
Ms Harvey said zero fatalities over the Easter period should be the aim for everybody.
“We should all be aiming for zero fatalities...if we all aimed for that I think the entire community could achieve it,” she said.
“However, people being as they are, there will always be those errant few who think the laws don’t apply to them.
“We just want to implore people to think safety first.
“My message to people is take your time...pay attention to what you’re doing.”
A trial of four covert cameras to catch hoons has already led to more than 70 cars being impounded. Double demerits will also kick in at midnight tonight and remain in place until Monday.
Ahead of Easter, the Barnett Government was accused of dragging its heels over a trial of point to point cameras on Forrest Hwy, which is still at least three months away as tenders are finalised.
The cameras, which are also known as average speed enforcement cameras, work by calculating the time it takes a vehicle to travel between two points and comparing the average speed with the speed limit.
If a driver exceeds the limit then a fine is issued.
WA Police began reviewing tenders to install the cameras for a trial on Forrest Hwy in December, along with other bids to install extra intersection cameras, fixed speed cameras and mobile cameras across the metropolitan area.
Ms Harvey said the tender process was ongoing and the trial was expected to begin later in the year.
RAC boss Will Golsby said the WA was “not tracking well” in its Towards Zero road safety strategy, which aims to significantly reduce the state’s road toll by 2020.
“We are calling for more enforcement including some progress on point to point cameras,” Mr Golsby said.
The strategy has a target of a 40% reduction in fatalities by 2020. Since 2008 there has been a 34% reduction in the rate of fatalities and last year WA recorded it’s equal lowest road toll on record and lowest fatality rate since records began.
Mr Golsby also said the Government’s $141 million surplus in the Road Trauma Trust Account needed to be spent on improvements to dangerous roads and on low cost solutions such as reflective signs, audible edging lining and barriers, as well as a continued focus on driver behaviour through education and awareness campaigns.
“We are still the worst state. In 1990 we were the best state in terms of road fatalities based on population, but consistently since 2006 we’re now the worst,” the RAC chief said.
“We think police need more resources for enforcement. The state as a whole has become complacent.”
The State Government last year allocated a $111 million from the Road Trauma Trust Account to help reduce road trauma. This included $46 million towards road safety treatments to address run off road crashes, including shoulder widening, audible line edging, wire rope barriers and overtaking lanes.
Last year, four people died on WA roads over the Easter break and there was six deaths — all on country roads in Easter 2014.
Ms Harvey said while police would all they can to crack down on dangerous drivers, the onus was on motorists to “simply drive safely”.
“My message to motorists is to drive defensively,” she said.
“Not only do you need to have road safety at the front of mind throughout your entire journey, you need to expect that other drivers might not do the right thing.”
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