Police are pleading for a stop to excessive driver behaviours following a catastrophic five days on the state’s roads and hundreds of drivers being caught selfishly ignoring road safety laws.
The long weekend saw three lives lost on South Australian roads, plus one life lost in a motor vehicle crash on a private property whilst not wearing a seatbelt. An additional life was lost after a motorcycle crash in the early hours of this morning, bringing the total number of lives lost on our roads to 22 in only 10 weeks.
With excessive speed believed to be a factor in 27% of the lives lost this year, police have revealed that 388 drivers were caught for speeding offences during Operation Safe Long Weekend which ran from 5 – 8 March.
Superintendent Bob Gray says it defies belief that so many lives are being lost and yet drivers still choose to engage in reckless, irresponsible behaviour that endangers lives.
“Every one of the lives lost over the past five days could potentially have been avoided if road rules and safety advice had been heeded,” Superintendent Gray said.
“Road use laws are put in place because they protect people. They protect lives. If drivers and riders choose not to obey these laws they are blatantly and selfishly risking theirs and other people’s lives.”
Superintendent Gray noted that serious injuries also have a devastating impact on people’s lives and should not be ignored as a catastrophic consequence of reckless driving behaviours.
“Four people have also been left with life changing injuries this long weekend.”
“Choosing to drive or ride in a selfish and irresponsible manner can mean that you or someone else spends the rest of their life enduring the consequences of that behaviour.”
Also over the long weekend, 45 motorists returned positive alcohol test results, representing 0.35% of the 12,583 tests conducted by police. Additionally, 888 drug tests were conducted with 64 drivers returning a positive result. This number represents an alarming 7.2% of drug tested drivers.
A further 12 drivers were caught without a seatbelt or with unrestrained passengers and 31 were caught using a mobile phone.
“Enough is enough,” said Superintendent Gray.
“Twenty-two families are grieving the loss of someone they love this year and that doesn’t end once the media reports have subsided. We are pleading with drivers and riders to think about their actions and re-think their decisions, for their own safety and that of every person on the road.”