SAPOL: Police have promised to be out in full force over Christmas and New Year as part of Operation Safe Holidays.THE FAR North region hasa road safety reputation to uphold this festive season, havingthe least road casualty crashes requiring medical treatment in the last five yearsinall of South Australia.
Figures show 16 of SA’s 1158 crashes fromDecember 23 to January 2, 2011-2016, have occurred in the Far North Local Service Area –the least out of all 15 service areas.
The Far North and Eastern Adelaide are the only two services areas tohave no fatalities during the last five festive holidays.
The region is second only to Eyre Western (three) in serious injuries during the period, with four injuries sustained on Far North roads.
SA Police launched Operation Safe Holidays –Christmas on Thursday December 15, focusing on risky drivers over Christmas and New Year.
As part of the annual road safety initiative, police will have a highly visible presence as well as covert patrols, targeting dangerous or risky driving behaviour such as speeding and not wearing seat belts, while alsourging drivers not to multi-task.
The goal of the Operation is to bring driverattention back tothe road.
Superintendent Anthony Fioravanti labelled driving a single-focus activity.
“Some drivers are so distracted by shopping and social commitments, they take risks by using their phones to check messages or call friends to make arrangements, when their focus should be on the road,” Supt Fioravanti said.
Supt Fioravanti said there will be no ‘safe routes’ home to avoid police detection, with drink and drug driving testing stationed all across SA.
“Every driver knows the law and the dangers of drink and drug driving, speeding, not wearing seat belts, distraction and dangerous driving,” he said.
“You have an obligation to drive safely – there are simply no excuses for making bad choices on our roads.”
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