Despite warning drivers they would be out in full force over the long weekend, WA Police still caught out dozens of motorists breaking the law over the three day break – including a motorcyclist who thought it was a good idea to do a burnout in front of an unmarked police car.
In a series of sobering tweets made by police working throughout the long weekend, officers posted about some of the more serious and dangerous offences.
“Harley Davidson V-Rod impounded by TEG1 in Casuarina last night after the rider decided to perform a burnout in front of the unmarked Police vehicle… that with the two drink drivers apprehended and numerous infringements led to a busy shift… and that was just #TS209.”
The driver certainly wasn’t the last offender for the weekend, with police offering a timely reminder for those travelling over the long weekend break.
In another case, police recounted the experience of a driver who returned a positive drug test from a road side stop on Monday.
“So you get released… after returning a positive oral fluid sample for meth, do you A) listen to the advice not to drive, B) don’t listen to the advice and drive. Lock in option B please for a return trip to the bus. #doubletrouble #somepeopledontlearn.”
But officers were astounded when the driver came up with “option C”.
“In between being released and stopped again by police, smoke some cannabis and drive. #lockinceddie.”
Police stressed while these drivers clearly hadn’t been smart about their actions, they had been extremely lucky to escape with only a fine and demerit points.
Other drivers weren’t as fortunate.
Just as the long weekend kicked off on Friday, a 36-year-old man died after his Harley Davidson crashed into another vehicle in Canning Vale at around 9pm.
Police said the man was riding east on Randford Road around the time of the crash at 9:10pm when his motorcycle crashed into the rear of a black Mitsubishi Pajero stationary at the Waratah Boulevard traffic light intersection.
The rider, a man from Seville Grove, was taken to Fiona Stanley Hospital by St John Ambulance for treatment, but he later died.
Just an hour later around 200 kilometres outside of Perth, a member of the public came across a black Alfa Romeo sedan that had crashed into a tree in Ferguson.
The female driver of the Alfa Romeo, believed to be in her 40s, was found dead inside the car.
WA Police have commenced investigations into both incidents, and have asked anyone with information relating to either crash to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online.