Tasmania Police report "a great start to the Easter Crossroads period" with no serious or fatal accidents in the state despite some stupid behaviour.
Police say the Thursday prior to the start of the Easter holiday is known as being one of the busiest evenings on our roads so to be fatality free is an "outstanding result".
The results from a state wide Police operation are not all good news however with 10 people charged for drink driving offences and 5 people returning Oral Fluid tests in the first 12 hours of the operation
Police also have been able to sight other examples of disregard for the safety of others including in Launceston where a 34 year old female was detected drink driving on the Esplanade with a reading of 0.168. This is over three times the legal limit and she's been bailed to appear in court in May. Due to her high reading and the fact that she has another matter with a similar reading pending, she has been issued with an Excessive Drink Driving Notice disqualifying her from driving of 24 months. If convicted, she will face, at the very least, a significant fine and further term of disqualification. A prison term is also a distinct possibility.
The number of speeders detected has increased in comparison to last year including an interstate motorcyclist was detected at 114km/h in a 70km/h zone on Penguin Road in the north west of the state.
The rider was issued with a 3 month disqualification and a $650 fine and Police say this is more disturbing given that all 5 of our fatalities this year have been motorcyclists, it is an example of the reckless behaviour that can lead to this type of statistic.
Tasmania Police have again appealed to every motorist to drive carefully and be continually aware of the ‘fatal 5’; the 5 biggest contributors to serious and fatal accidents on our roads, these being:
- Failure to wear seatbelts or helmets
- Consuming alcohol or using drugs prior to driving
- Distraction/ inattention
- Driving whilst tired
On Easter Monday 5 Driver Reviver stations will be set up around the state.
- St Peters Pass (Midlands Highway)
- Paramatta Creek (Bass Highway)
- The Sidling (Tasman Highway)
- Franklin River (Lyell Highway)
- Fossey River (Murchison highway)
These sites are manned by SES staff who volunteer their time to keep motorists safe with a free coffee and a biscuit.