Mid West cops disappointed with road behaviour over Queen’s Birthday long weekend

Michael RobertsMidwest Times
Two drivers were caught speeding above 145km/h and slapped with $1200 fines.
Camera IconTwo drivers were caught speeding above 145km/h and slapped with $1200 fines. Credit: Megan Powell/The West Australian

Mid West police have slammed the behaviour of drivers over the long weekend, with “a significant number” of road users continuing to break the law on regional highways.

While local police didn’t attend any major crashes or road fatalities from Friday to Monday, acting traffic Sgt Keith Burrows said many drivers were caught speeding.

Sgt Burrows said two drivers who were recorded speeding at 151km/h and 147km/h were hit with $1200 fines and penalised 12 demerit points.

“We just encourage people to plan plenty of time for their journey so they are not in a rush, so they both enjoy the trip and not have any crashes,” he said.

Drivers towing caravans and boats were also breaking speed limits, according to Sgt Burrows. “People seem to be ignoring it or unaware of it even though there are signs on all the exits out of Perth and major towns like Geraldton,” he said.

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At the time of print yesterday, 80 people had died on regional roads this year.

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