POLICE HAVE RURAL DRIVERS IN THEIR SIGHTS THIS WEEKEND

Police will have rural and regional drivers in their sights this weekend, when Operation Chrome is launched on Friday.

It’s focusing on reducing rural road trauma, and police will be targeting speeding, drink and drug-driving, mobile phone use and not wearing seatbelts.

“So far in 2019, 234 people have lost their lives on regional roads – that’s 19 more than this time last year,” said Northern Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Max Mitchell.

The operation will run on Friday and Saturday, in the northern, southern, and western regions of the state.

“Operation Chrome is designed to not only target the main highways, but the back roads and suburban streets. Expect to see us in numbers this weekend. It won’t just be officers from the Traffic & Highway Patrol that will be tasked with keeping everyone safe on our roads. If you are on the road and doing something wrong, you will be stopped by police in an unmarked car, general duties police, or one of our highway patrol officers.”