Bad driver behaviour leave police annoyed

Clare Police Sergeant Matt McDonnell said enough was enough as reckless driving offences in the region are detected on an daily basis.
Clare Police Sergeant Matt McDonnell said enough was enough as reckless driving offences in the region are detected on an daily basis.

Clare Police are continuously left frustrated with the behaviour of drivers on the region's roads.

The response came after South Australian Police launched a new campaign earlier this month targeting the Fatal 5 driving offences in a bid to reduce the number of deaths on the state's roads.

At the time of writing there had been 74 fatalities up until August in 2019 compared to 45 at the same time last year.

Called Operation High Impact F5, the campaign targeted the offences of drink and drug driving, speeding, distraction, seatbelts and dangerous road users.

On a daily basis, drivers in the wider Clare Valley region are nabbed under one of these five offences as officers routinely conduct traffic duties.

Clare Police Sergeant Matt McDonnell said enough was enough.

"One of the most disappointing things is in our region, we are dealing with a vehicle collision almost daily," he said.

"Some are minor but quite often we are dealing with rollovers, sometimes solo drivers and sometimes multiple drivers, but it is a daily thing that we are tackling.

"It becomes very frustrating when we see that the drivers were continually picking up these offences.

"It is on the news everyday about the huge road toll compared to previous years, yet the very next day we will go out and catch dangerous drivers and people being very reckless."

Sergeant McDonnell said that speeding was one of the most common offences drivers were pinged for.

One of the worst cases of excessive speed in South Australia occurred in the region in June this year.

A 28-year-old P-plater clocked at a staggering 201 kilometres/hour on the Horrocks Highway near Barinia, more than double the speed limit for the stretch of road.

The next night another driver was clocked 50km/h over the speed limit on the Augusta Highway at Lochiel.

Both drivers were issued with an expiation notice for speeding and given a six month instant loss of licence.

Also of concern for Sergeant McDonnell was the growth in drug and drink driving offences that were being detected by officers.

Police had increased testing for both offences and had seen a high percentage of positive readings returned as a result.

Sergeant McDonnell said there were no excuses for drivers anymore and made no apologies for the increased traffic presence during the campaign.

"These types of driving are within our control to be able to be stopped," he said.

"It is up to each individual driver just to be more diligent about taking more care and just doing the right thing, it is not hard."