Home' The Bunyip : January 11th 2017 Contents Page 6 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Wednesday, January 11, 2017
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Barossa police chief inspector Alby
Quinn took yesterday's tragic incident
as an opportunity to send a serious
road safety warning.
"I would just like to remind drivers
that they need to be very, very careful
and vigilant on the roads, especially
approaching intersections, and be
aware of the environment that they are
driving in and to take care," he said.
Yesterday's accident caused
northbound traffic on Thiele Highway
to be blocked, with roads closed
and diversions in place, for several
hours, while police and Major Crash
Investigation inspected the site.
The intersection, used heavily
by trucks during harvest season,
received $983,000 under the Federal
Government's Black Spot Program
back in October, ahead of significant
works which were due to start at the
site in February or March.
The project will involve shoulder-
widening and the installation of
channelised right-urn lanes on the
approach to Thiele Highway, along
with signage upgrades and rumble
Vehicle-activated signs, popular
overseas and used in SA since 2014,
will be installed on Roseworthy Road
at the approach to Thiele Highway.
Meanwhile, work to repair potholes
and uneven bitumen along a 300-metre
stretch of Roseworthy Road, west of
the intersection, is due to start today.
A Light Regional Council
spokesperson said the stretch is
included as part of the approaching
major upgrade, but due to its
deteriorated state, could not wait.
"Unfortunately, with the recent
extreme heat in the 40s and combined
with heavy vehicle movements, the
road has deteriorated significantly in
a short time frame," the spokesperson
"The maintenance to Roseworthy
Road is no longer able to wait until the
intersection upgrade works take place
and reinstatement works are scheduled
for this week."
The road will remain open, however
traffic restrictions will be in place,
with delays expected.
BREAKS & THEFTS
REPORTS & ARRESTS
GAWLER -- Various items
were stolen from a Jacob Street
house, between December 26
and January 4.
GAWLER -- Copper piping
was stolen and a window was
smashed at a Murray Street
business, between December 31
and January 1.
GAWLER -- A new barbecue
and shoes were stolen from
a Fourteenth Street house,
between January 4 and 5.
GAWLER -- An EFTPOS
machine was stolen from a taxi,
on High Street, on Saturday.
GAWLER -- A metal drain
cover was stolen from a Tod
Street property, on Saturday.
GAWLER -- The rear number
-plates from two vehicles were
stolen while they were parked
on Adelaide Road, Gawler and
Murray Street, Gawler on 7
GAWLER -- A fence panel was
damaged at a Twelfth Street
home, between December 20
and January 2.
GAWLER -- A Toyota Rav 4
was stolen from a Murray Street
car park, on January 3.
GAWLER -- A vehicle parked
in a Main North Road car
park was interfered with, in
an attempt to gain entry, on
GAWLER EAST -- A
motorcycle was stolen from a
Cheek Avenue shed, between
January 1 and 3.
EVANSTON -- A glass bottle
was thrown at a Dyson Street
residence on Thursday.
EVANSTON -- Music
equipment was stolen from
a Northside Drive property,
between December 24 and
EVANSTON GARDENS -- A
Dell computer and monitor
were stolen from a school
building, on Friday. Windows
were also damaged.
FORDS -- Communication
wiring was damaged on the
Thiele Highway, between
December 31 and January 1.
KUDLA -- Windows were
smashed at a Dalkeith Road
residence, on Saturday.
MALLALA -- A letter-box was
stolen from an Aerodrome Road
residence, between January 4
NURIOOTPA -- A Sturt
Highway shed was broken into
It is unknown whether any
items were taken.
NURIOOTPA -- A cactus plant
in a pot was stolen from a Park
Avenue residence, between
January 1 and 2.
NURIOOTPA -- An iPad was
stolen from a vehicle parked
on Tanunda Road, between
December 30 and 31.
TWO WELLS -- A 24-feet
Koala sailboat and trailer were
stolen from a Gameau Road
residential yard, on January 3.
• A 24-year-old Gawler
East man was arrested
for aggravated assault, on
• A 25-year-old Evanston man
was arrested by Gawler police
on January 4, on a parole
• A 44-year-old Hillier woman
was reported by the Barossa
Branch, on January 4, for
possessing cannabis oil and
possessing cannabis for
• A 38-year-old Greenock man
was reported for unlawful
possession by the Barossa
Branch, on January 4.
• A 34-year-old Andrews
Farm man was reported on
January 4, for driving while
disqualified and exceeding the
speed limit, after his vehicle
was detected travelling at 110
km/h in a 90 km/h zone. His
vehicle was impounded.
• A 41-year-old Nuriootpa man
was arrested on Thursday, for
breaching his bail conditions
and breaching an intervention
• A 32-year-old Cowirra
woman was arrested on a
warrant on Thursday.
• A 41-year-old Nuriootpa
woman was arrested for shop
theft, on Thursday.
• A 37-year-old Gawler East
woman was reported on
Thursday, for drink-driving
(PCA), after returning a
reading of 0.147 per cent,
and breaching her provisional
licence conditions. She
instantly lost her licence and
had her vehicle impounded.
• A 37-year-old Tanunda man
was reported on Friday for
driving under the influence,
speeding and PCA, after
returning a reading of 0.154
per cent, after his vehicle was
detected travelling at 106
km/h in a 90 km/h zone on
Gomersal Road. His licence
was instantly disqualified and
his vehicle was impounded.
• A 31-year-old Elizabeth Vale
man was reported by Gawler
police, in Evanston, on
Friday for driving unlicensed
(having never held a licence)
and driving an unregistered
vehicle. The vehicle was
• A 34-year-old Nuriootpa
man was arrested on Friday,
for aggravated assault and
• A 30-year-old Gawler
South man was reported by
Gawler police, in Evanston,
on Saturday, for driving
• A 33-year-old Willaston
woman was reported for
serious criminal trespass and
theft, at her home address, on
• An 18-year-old Evanston
Park man was reported on
Saturday for breaching his
• A 33-year-old Evanston
man was reported by Gawler
police on Sunday, for
• A 39-year-old Gawler man
was reported on Sunday, for
driving a motor vehicle with
a proscribed drug in her oral
The roof of the Hyundai SUV was removed shortly after yesterdayʼs two-car smash, freeing the vehicleʼs occupants.
INSET: CFS, MFS and ambulance oﬃcers arrived at the accident scene shortly after the crash occurred.
PHOTOS: Laura Collins
Crash site safety question
LOCAL police are taking a zero-
tolerance approach to speed and
dangerous drivers in a bid to curb the
region's road toll, which has failed
to drop in the past five years.
Six fatalities were recorded on local
roads in the past year -- on par with
the long-term average of six, new SA
Police statistics show.
While only three deaths were recorded
in 2015, nine fatalities were listed in
2014, followed by seven in 2013 and
five in 2012.
Barossa Highway Patrol officer in
charge Paul Henderson said speed and
driver experience, along with drink-
and drug-driving, were contributing
factors to road fatalities in the region.
"When people drive on higher-speed
roads they don't appreciate reaction
time," he said.
"When a driver is on a lower-speed
road and a hazard presents, he/she
only has a certain amount of time
to react, but when a driver is doing
100 km/h, they are travelling at a
far greater distance at high speed, so
there's more chance for damage to
"Speed, a lack of confidence when
driving, along with drink- and drug-
driving, are all attributed to crashes."
In a bid to curb high fatality rates,
speed limits have been imposed
on certain roads across the region,
including the Barossa Valley Way,
where speed was reduced from 100
km/h to 90 km/h between Lyndoch
and Tanunda in 2010.
Speed reductions have also been
enforced on the One Tree Hill Road
and Two Wells to Gawler Road.
"We had a reduction in fatalities
in the Barossa after there was the
implementation of lower speeds," Mr
"Statistically, it appears to have an
effect, with fewer people dying on
those sections of road.
"We still have the similar volume of
total crashes, but it just means less
injuries and fatalities."
Mr Henderson said the number
of drug-driving detections was
"increasing", with officers now
making five to six detections weekly.
He said police will continue to crack
down on dangerous drivers, while
pushing driver safety awareness.
Police fatality crack down
Date: March 28
Road: Barossa Valley Way
Gender, age: Female, 76
Date: May 11
Road: Murray Street
Gender, age: Male, 93
Date: August 16
Road: Port Wakefield Road
Gender, age: Female, 48
Date: August 24
Road: Jack Cooper Drive/
Gender, age: Male, 82
Date: September 23
Road: Port Wakefield Road
Gender, age: Female, 12
Date: September 27
Road: Tarlee Road
Gender, age: Female, 29
Local regionʼs road fatalities in 2016
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