ON PATROL: Senior Constable Dallas Ballard, Senior Constable Peter Threlfall and Senior Constable David Bourne with the new patrol car in Ceduna.CEDUNA Police have received one of 30 new high-visibility patrol cars to hit regional roads.
The blue Holden SV6 Commodore sedans, complete with stylised body kit and eye-catching graphics, have been designed to stand out from the traffic crowd.
As of yesterday afternoon the new vehicle has been in action to reinforce road safety in the area.
Ceduna Officer in Charge Matthew Steinbeck said the patrol car would let the public know police are around, especially throughout the coming holiday period.
“We are confident the high-visibility vehicle will give a solid presence on the road,” Mr Steinbeck said.
“At this stage we will have one new vehicle however this may change,” he said.
The new vehicles will be rolled out over the next 18 months and motorists won’t miss the new addition to the fleet.
Once the entire fleet is on the road, the cars will collectively travel more than 1.7 million kilometres a year across the state’s rural road network.
Police Traffic Superintendent Bob Fauser said research showed a highly visible police presence had a positive impact on driver behaviour.
“Less than one third of our population live in regional areas, yet each year more than 60 per cent of fatalities and 46 per cent of serious injuries are on rural roads,” Superintendent Fauser said.
“But we know when there is greater police visibility on the roads, drivers are more conscious and cautious about driving within the speed limit, obeying the road rules, wearing a seatbelt and not using their mobile phone,” he said.
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