Four years of partnership for Operation Crossroads

ACT Policing will again be joining forces with NSW Police Monaro Local Area Command in support of Operation Crossroads this holiday season, the fourth year in an ongoing series of coordinated road safety initiatives to reduce road trauma across Australia and New Zealand.

The efforts by ACT Policing and the Monaro Command will mirror those of police throughout Australia in a national road safety campaign against dangerous driving coordinated by the national police agency, ANZPAA (Australia New Zealand Police Advisory Agency).

ACT Policing in co-operation with NSW Police will conduct high-visibility patrols on major arterial roads in and out of Canberra over the holiday season as part of Operation Crossroads.

“Many deaths and road injuries are preventable. A moment’s distraction, a decision to drink and to drive or foolishly speed can have dire consequences,” said Station Sergeant Rod Anderson.

“There are limits which we shouldn’t go over. The consequences of a mistake can be horrific. Speed, drink driving and fatigue test our judgment and good sense. The smart approach is to drive to the road conditions and keep within the limits of the law and common sense.”

“We want all road users and motorists in particular to modify and moderate their behaviour so that everyone travels safely this Christmas. To reinforce this message, police will be active with our enforcement to target risk-taking behaviour such as speeding and drink-driving.”

Statistics from the National Road Safety Council indicate that speed accounts for 34 per cent of deaths on our roads in Australia, closely followed by drink driving at 30 per cent and fatigue between 20-30 per cent.

“Ten people have died on our roads so far this year in the ACT. That is ten too many; for the families, friends and emergency services personnel who attend. We are urging everyone in the community to think about road safety and the fatal five: drink/drug driving, fatigue, speed, seat belts and driver distraction. Don’t become a statistic this holiday season.”

The widespread use of random breath testing and roadside drug-testing, as well as laser detection of speeding drivers, and close attention to unsafe or inattentive driving will form part of ACT Policing’s road safety strategy during Operation Crossroads.

Operation Crossroads begins on Tuesday, December 23 and will continue until Saturday, January 3, 2015.

Double demerits are effective from the first instance on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 until midnight Sunday, January 4, 2015.