LOCAL police are calling on motorists to behave behind the wheel as they celebrate the holiday period over the coming weeks.
Beginning this Friday, South Australia Police will be conducting Operation Safe Holidays – a statewide road safety operation running until midnight on January 1.
The operation will specifically target the ‘fatal five’ – drink- and drugdriving; speeding; unfastened seat-belts; driving distracted; and dangerous road users.
Barossa police Officer in Charge, Chief Inspector Alby Quinn said locals should start to think about their driving behaviour over the Christmas season.
“The actual impact on families, not only those victims involved in the crash – whether it’s grandchildren, or brothers and sisters, or parents – is astronomical,” he said.
“There’s nothing worse than Christmas Eve, or Christmas Day, or leading into Christmas from now on, and having somebody that’s not going to be there at Christmas Day to celebrate.”
During Operation Sage Holidays, police will be watching for drink- and drug-drivers as the community attends festive functions – both at lunch-times and in the evenings.
Chief Inspector Quinn warned drug- and drinkdrivers that police can pull any driver over at any time to undergo testing.
“We have the capability, and we will be able out there…it’s only a matter of time that if you want to drink-drive, or drug-drive, you will be caught.
“Inattention is another thing – people need to obey the road rules and signs, and the white lines, the barrier lines.
“People need to obey the road rules, and quite often road accidents are caused by driver inattention, where they don’t obey stop signs and they don’t stop, or they don’t wait and make sure that it’s clear to proceed.”