Cops look out for Easter speeders in Geraldton

Tamra CarrGeraldton Guardian
Mid West Gascoyne District Traffic sergeants Michael Hall and Peter Gerada urge residents to travel safely over Easter.
Camera IconMid West Gascoyne District Traffic sergeants Michael Hall and Peter Gerada urge residents to travel safely over Easter. Credit: Tamra Carr/Geraldton Guardian, Tamra Carr The Geraldton Guardian.

Police have urged caravan owners to pull over and let traffic pass while travelling this Easter to bust frustratingly slow pockets on major roads in and out of Geraldton.

The appeal to slower drivers comes after a 71-year-old Vietnam veteran was shamed on social media in January for travelling 50km/h on a 110km/h stretch of Indian Ocean Drive.

Police advised it is not illegal to travel below the limit on open roads, but they encouraged slower drivers to be mindful of motorists behind them.

”With an increase in caravan movements on the roads, police urge drivers to use overtaking lanes wherever possible. We would also ask caravan owners to stop occasionally to allow traffic build-up behind them to pass,” A WA Police spokesman said.

WA Police are currently undertaking a high-visibility campaign to curb behaviours known to be the major cause of fatal and serious crashes.

In the Mid West and Gascoyne, marked police cars are stationed on all major roads to Jurien Bay, Geraldton, Carnarvon and Meekatharra.

Police are looking for impaired, reckless and speeding drivers, motorists without a licence, motorists using mobile phones and individuals not wearing seatbelts or helmets.

Meanwhile, double demerits remain in place until midnight tonight.

”Already over the first weekend of the school holidays, police have noticed significant increase in vehicle traffic through the Mid West — Gascoyne District and an increase in visitor numbers to beachside locations,” the spokesman said.

”Please slow down, pay attention to the road conditions and show courtesy to other road users.

”Many holidaymakers are not used to travelling long distances at a time, we know that alcohol, speed and not wearing seatbelts, fatigue, and inattention all feature in fatal crashes.”

Sergeant Michael Hall, from the Mid West — Gascoyne District Traffic Office, said local authorities also wanted to remind foreign visitors to familiarise themselves with WA road rules after an overseas tourist was allegedly clocked doing 164km/h on the North West Coastal Highway on April 16.

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