Motorists warned: if you drink, don’t drive

MOTORISTS are being warned to tow the line or face the consequences as double demerits come back into force tonight.

Police are targeting bad behaviour, seatbelts, drink driving and speeding in the four-day blitz on the roads starting at midnight tonight.

Highway patrol Senior Sergeant Peter McMenamin said every police car – whether its marked or undercover – will be trawling local roads over the Australia Day long weekend.

“We have additional support from a variety of commands across the western region to give us an extended and greater coverage around town and our major arterial road networks,” he said.

“But in saying that police will also be focusing on back roads for those who try to avoid detection.”

Motorists can expect to be slugged double for seatbelt and speeding penalties and one slip up could cost you your licence.

“We’re also paying particular attention to random breath tests, both mobile and stationary, on our major routes in and around town, looking at the roads used between venues,” Senior Sergeant McMenamin said.

“There is no excuse, especially with a much greater public transport system in operation for the festival.”

And they won’t only be out patrolling for drink drivers at night.

“Not only plan your trip home, but also plan for the next day,” Senior Sergeant McMenamin said.

“Make sure you are safe enough to slip back in and pick up your vehicle because we don’t want you to pick up your car the next morning and have a problem with residual alcohol.”

Double demerits will remain in place until midnight on Monday.

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