Police target phones, defects in Operation Compliance 3

Officers from the State’s Traffic and Highway Patrol Command issued 2199 tickets for mobile phone, seat belt, and defective vehicles in a one-day state-wide traffic operation this week.

Operation Compliance Three ran over Wednesday.

During the operation issued 1277 infringements for mobile phone offences, 376 infringements for people not wearing seatbelts, and 546 infringements for vehicle defects of many varieties.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith of the Highway Patrol Command said the operation was a warning or motorists taking risks.

"To have nearly 2,200 infringements issued in a single day suggests a clear lack of personal responsibility by many drivers,” he said. 

“Using a phone while driving, not wearing a seat belt, or driving a defective car not only puts a driver at risk, it puts their passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians at risk of death or serious injury. 

"It is disappointing to see so many people disobeying these simple road rules.

“Hopefully all 2199 people learned a valuable lesson yesterday; a lesson that could stop someone from being seriously injured or killed in the future.”

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