More police and cameras to hit roads

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Speeding motorists are being put on notice, with WA Police starting a new campaign reminding drivers of the ever-watchful presence on our roads.

The State Government’s $550,000 We’re Watching You campaign, rolled out this week, touches on the increased police presence and additional cameras on the road.

Acting WA road safety commissioner Iain Cameron told Spirit Radio speed was still one of the biggest risk factors on our roads.

“It may not always be the speeding motorists’ fault, but when one vehicle is speeding the crash consequences are so much more severe,” he said. “As we slow down, and we are slowing down as a community, we are getting the benefits, not just for speed-related crashes; it is for all crashes where we get benefit. Some of us actually need to get caught and penalised before we change our behaviour.”

Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts said participation of serving officers highlighted the magnitude of the campaign.

“They have strong reason to discourage people from speeding, because they have seen the catastrophic consequences,” she said.

“We know that speeding is a major contributor to deaths and serious injuries on our roads.”

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