Drivers cop hefty fines

A driver went 35km over the speed limit while overtaking and was caught by Katanning Police.  (Great Southern District Police Facebook)

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The WA Day long weekend made for a nice getaway for some holiday makers, but Police said some people were just “throwing the rule book out the window”.

Great Southern District Police shared to their Facebook a number of fines administered to drivers well over the speed limit, with one driver caught going 164 kilometres per hour in Wickepin.

“Unfortunately, some people will lose their licenses due to double demerits but that’s something they should have considered,” Kojonup Police Officer-in-Charge Sergeant Jayden Lowe said.

Cranbrook Police issued one driver with a $800 fine and the loss of 12 demerit points, stating they were “handing out infringements like cotton candy”.

Cranbrook Officer-in-Charge Sergeant Laurie Seton said Monday was the worst day out of the long weekend as people were making their way back home.

“It was like everyone was just throwing the rule book out the window,” he said.

“When we go out on patrol, normally we only hand out five or six tickets per day… but yesterday [Monday] we handed out 20.

“It’s very disappointing you know, we were very fortunate that there weren’t any serious incidents in our patrol area, it doesn’t take much for something to happen.”

Great Southern District Traffic Coordinator Sergeant Derek Grimes said in general the public drove very well but there were a few disappointing drivers. 

“Though the vast majority of the public behaved on the roads really well, given the amount of people that come down to the Great Southern and our population doubles, there was a few people who’s driving behaviour was atrocious,” he said. 

Out of the 3,500 random breath tests conducted in the region, only ten drink drivers were charged, which Sgt Grimes said “is excellent”.

“Speed is a contributing factor to serious and fatal crashes and we have no tolerance to that.”

Sgt Lowe said Kojonup Police had a few run-ins with people speeding and responded to a small single vehicle crash due to a fatigued driver in their district. 

Gnowangerup and Tambellup Police conducted 166 random breath tests and five drug tests over the weekend.

Katanning Police caught a gentleman exceeding 35 kilometres per hour over the speed limit while overtaking, he lost 12 demerit points. 

According to the Road Safety Commission, 49 people were killed or seriously injured in the Great Southern in 2015-2019.

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