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Fatality free but police still issue warning to motorists


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Police have praised South Australian motorists for a fatality free Easter long weekend, but say motorists still made dangerous decisions which caused injury to people. They urge motorists to stay vigilant with another long weekend coming up for Anzac Day t his weekend.

They released this statement today:-

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 2:12pm

More than 17,500 motorists were spoken to by South Australia Police over the Easter long weekend, with the focus on road safety continuing into the Anzac Day weekend.
Releasing interim SA results from Operation Crossroads – the national road safety campaign – Superintendent Bob Fauser, the officer in charge of the Traffic Support Branch, said police were generally pleased with driver behaviour, but there were some motorists who continued to make dangerous decisions.
“The choices they made were not just dangerous for themselves, but for their passengers and other road users,” he said.
“There were no fatalities over the Easter long weekend, but there were still crashes in which people were injured and there were still people making bad choices.
“With many families taking advantage of the combination of Easter, the Anzac Day long weekend and school holidays, we expect the roads to be busy this weekend.
“Police will be continuing our highly visible campaign, but we again ask motorists to think about the way they drive and the choices they make.”
Over the Easter weekend there were:
• More than 15,000 (15,346) driver screenings conducted
• 98 drink drive detections
• 45 drug drive detections
• 737 speed detections (not including speed cameras)
• 1338 other traffic offences detected

Among the matters detected by police over the Easter weekend were:
A man who was recorded about 7pm last night driving at 222kph in a 110kph zone on Port Wakefield Road at Windsor. He was not able to be stopped at this point, but was pulled over by police about 10 minutes later after his car was clocked at 217kph on Port Wakefield Road at Inkerman. The driver, a 25-year-old man from Laura, was reported for two counts of driving at a dangerous speed and will be summonsed to court at a later date. His car was impounded for 28 days.
A woman at Moonta, who had four children in her car, was reported for drink-driving and driving unlicensed after being stopped in the town about 4.50pm on Sunday. The 45-year-old, who is alleged to have recorded a result five times the legal limit for a fully licenced driver (0.260), was issued with an instant 12 month loss of licence and will be summonsed to court at a later date.
A woman from Pennington, who was nearly seven times over the legal limit (0.331) for a fully licenced driver, was reported for driving without due care and drink-driving after allegedly being involved in a crash about 7pm on Thursday. The 43-year-old, who only held a Learner’s permit, will be summonsed to court at a later date.


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