Christmas blitz to help keep festive season safe

TOODYAY police are gearing up for an all-out local road traffic safety blitz over the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

“Be prepared to be stopped and breath-tested, including on Christmas Day,” Toodyay police chief Sgt Warren Conder said.
“Our officers will be out in force, as will be police in the rest of the Wheatbelt.
 
“I make no apology for that – the Wheatbelt has one of the highest records for fatalities in the state.
 
“Toodyay will do its best to prevent that.
 
“We will be stopping everyone and everything, from bikes to semi-trailers.
 
“If a pilot lands a plane in the main street, I’ll breath test him too.
 
“We want everyone to have a happy and safe Christmas and New Year.
 
“The best way we can do that is to help ensure our roads stay safe at all times.”
 
Two serious accidents
Two serious traffic accidents on local roads have kept Toodyay police busy.

A heavily laden wheat truck pulling three trailers overturned on Bejoording Road early last month, spilling more than 50 tonnes of freshly harvested grain onto the verge and into a nearby paddock.
 
The accident occurred about 7.30am when the truck’s third trailer drifted onto the soft verge on the left of the road, causing the driver to lose control.
All three wheat trailers rolled onto their sides, dragging the truck with them.
The driver was shaken but not hurt.
 
Some workers travelling in a ute were first on the scene and stopped to help.
 
While this was going on, a third, smaller car slammed into the back of the ute, causing the small vehicle to be written off.
 
Police inquiries are continuing.
 
In the second serious accident, a young driver was airlifted to hospital after she lost control of her car on Toodyay Road near Lovers Lane.
Her vehicle veered off the road on a left-hand bend and came to rest upside down in nearby bushland.
 
The driver was airlifted to hospital.
 
Police inquiries are continuing.
 
 
IGA theft
POLICE are hunting three young adults who stole groceries worth a total of $500 from Toodyay’s IGA supermarket.

The robbery occurred about 6.30pm on Sunday October 1 and was captured on the store’s closed-circuit video security cameras.

A young man was seen carrying a shopping basket while his two female accomplices filled it with stolen goods.
“He was even shoving meat packs down the front of his pants,” Sgt Conder said.
 
Police believe the three thieves were from out of town and made their getaway in a white ute. Inquiries are continuing.
 
Town speeders warned
MOTORISTS breaking the 40km/h speed limit through the town’s main shopping precinct will be targeted by local police this month.
 
“I’m getting fed up with people speeding down Stirling Terrace,” Sgt Conder said.
 
“Some are doing more than 60km/h.
 
“This is particularly dangerous for visitors, shoppers and children on the busy main street, including during school holidays.
 
“Trucks and cars will be stopped and drivers issued with infringement notices if they are speeding. 
 
“We’ll probably breath test them too.”


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