Police warn drivers to be careful driving home

Tasmania Police is reminding people driving home after their Easter getaways to be careful, as Operation Crossroads enters its fifth day.

So far, emergency services have attended two serious crashes over the Easter period, with the latest involving a 24-year-old woman. She was hospitalised after failing to negotiate a bend on Scotts Road at Cairns Bay in the state’s South.

“It appears at this stage that speed and vehicle condition were contributing factors,” police said in a statement. 

“Whether alcohol and drugs were involved is yet to be established.”

Police have conducted 15,505 random drug and alcohol tests so far during Operation Crossroads, compared to 12,538 at the same time last year.

The number of motorists charged with drink driving is at 38, compared to 37 last year. And 43 drivers have returned a positive oral fluid test, compared to 23 at this time last year.

Police said many Tasmanians would be travelling home on Tuesday, after their Easter escapes.

“Those of you that are, we encourage you to drive safely and take breaks when you feel that you need it.

"Everyone should expect to see more caravans, boats and trailers being towed on the roads today. Those of you that are driving these vehicles or are following them, please drive courteously and patiently. Remember these vehicles behave and handle differently than they normally would and need more room to stop or manoeuvre in an emergency.

“Also, if you are travelling below the speed limit, take opportunities to pull over and let faster vehicles pass.”

Police congratulated road users for their conduct during Operation Crossroads.

“Some isolated examples of bad driving behaviour and decision making have been identified but this certainly does not reflect the actions of the majority of road users out there.

“Tasmania’s drivers seem to be heeding the speeding message and slowing down this Easter. However there are some examples that have been reported over the previous few days which appear to be results of conscious decisions to travel at dangerously high speeds on our roads.

“Regardless of how good these drivers may think they are, none of us are able to control what occurs outside our own vehicle. Speed limits are in place to enable us to safely navigate roads and react to a changing environment. Speeding reduces our reaction time and the effectiveness of the action we do take to avoid obstacles or address changing road conditions.

“Stick to or slightly below the speed limit. Limits are for your own safety.”