11 Dec 2014
The South Australian Police's latest road safety operation targets a zero road toll over the festive season.
Operation Safe Holidays will see police focus on the use of seatbelts, speed detection on rural roads, the use of mobile phones or driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
SAPol data shows the most likely time to be involved in a serious casualty crash is in the days immediately prior to Christmas, especially on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday between the times of 2pm and 10pm. On Christmas Day, the riskiest time on the roads is between midday and 8pm.
Assistant Commissioner Linda Williams said SAPol would be active on roads identified as posing a high crash risk.
“Just one-third of our population lives rurally, yet crash data shows us the risk on those roads is higher than in highly populated areas,” Assistant Commissioner Williams said.
“Using data from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure has identified greatest traffic flows, we expect peak flow times to be outward from Adelaide on Friday, 26 and Saturday, 27 December and into Adelaide on Saturday, 27 December and Thursday, 1 January to Friday, 2 January.
“Sunday, 4 January through to Monday, 5 January and Monday, 26 January are also likely to experience high traffic volumes.”
Motor Accident Commission Road Safety General Manager Michael Cornish said MAC’s Drink Drive and Fatigue campaigns would be running over the same period.
“It’s incomprehensible that some motorists are still taking risks such as drink driving, driving without a seatbelt, ignoring speed limits, or driving while using a mobile phone,” Mr Cornish said. “These are all bad decisions that lead to fatalities and serious injuries.”
“Fatigue is also a high risk on our roads during the holiday period so MAC reminds drivers to rest 15 minutes every two hours when travelling longer distances. This festive period, we don’t want to see any trauma on our roads. The best gift you can give your family and friends, is to arrive safely.”
Operation Safe Holidays runs from Friday, 12 December until Monday, 26 January 2015.
The department has committed to improve safety along its transport networks and to provide some practical responses to incidents of object throwing.
The South Australian Government conducted an audit of speed cameras to ensure they are operating for safety purposes and not to raise revenue.
The lowered motorway constructed as part of the $801 million Torrens Road to River Torrens Project Torrens will be opened to traffic on Saturday 29 September.
Preliminary works for the upgrade of the Main North Road intersection with Dalkeith Road and Smith Road are currently underway, with Telstra early works to commence from Wednesday 5 September.