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51 km/h over limit
A 48-YEAR-OLD Hewett man has been
reported for drink-driving after he was
spotted by a fellow motorist driving errat-
ically, and later caught with a blood-alco-
hol reading at almost three times above
The man, who was driving a Holden
sedan, was seen driving erratically on the
Sturt and Horrocks highways, just before
1pm, on Wednesday, December 27.
The driver later stopped on the Horrocks
Highway, at Gawler Belt, and police were
called to that location.
He was subsequently breathtested, al-
legedly returning a blood-alcohol reading
of 0.146 per cent.
His licence was instantly disqualified for
six months and he was summonsed to ap-
pear in court at a later date.
A TEENAGE provisional driver has been
reported for dangerous driving, after he
was caught travelling more than 50 kil-
lometres per hour over the speed limit in
The driver, a 19-year-old from Elizabeth
Park, was detected by police, just after
12.30am, on Friday, December 22, travel-
ling at 141 km/h in a 90 km/h zone.
He was stopped on Dalkeith Road, Kud-
la, and reported for travelling at a danger-
ous speed and breaching his curfew hours.
The car, a Holden sedan, was impound-
ed for 28 days, while the 19-year-old will
be summonsed to appear in court at a later
One road death is too many
DEATHS on our roads can be prevented,
and motorists must take responsibility for
their actions, local police say, after attend-
ing 17 fatal crashes in the region through-
Barossa Chief Inspector Alby Quinn said
the road toll for the local service area in-
creased by 11 from the previous year's tal-
ly of six, while the state recorded 101 road
deaths, up from 86 the year before.
"People need to stop and think about the
17 lives we lost in the Barossa, and the over
100 statewide, and consider...the manner in
which they drive and the impact that the loss
of persons on our roads has," Chief Inspector
"A lot of people aren't paying attention on
the road to the 'fatal five'."
The latest fatal accident in the region oc-
curred on Thursday, December 21, in which
a 66-year-old Williamstown woman sus-
tained injuries when the car she was travel-
ling in, as a passenger, hit a tree on Balmoral
The woman was flown to the Royal Ad-
elaide Hospital for treatment, but, sadly,
passed away last Saturday.
Chief Inspector Quinn said the investiga-
tion into the cause of the accident is yet to be
complete, however it is a timely reminder of
the significant impact that any death on our
roads has on not only the family, but also the
"Police will have to go back and revisit the
family, which is the husband and her extend-
ed family, and that, in itself, is traumatic,"
"It's traumatic for police, and for the fami-
ly, who have to to relive what has happened.
"At the time (of the woman's death), the
family were going into a new year and they
are now going to have to bury a family mem-
ber as a result of a car accident.
"Many of these accidents are preventable,
it is only a very few that are not."
The Motor Accident Commission (MAC)
has also used the start of the new year to re-
mind the community that "every life lost is
one too many".
"We are coming off a bad year on our
roads, and we need to do everything we can
to reduce the number of wasted lives," MAC
road safety communications manager Matt
"In most cases, the behaviour that is at-
tributable to those fatal crashes generally in-
volves a party that is acting reckless, breaking
the law, and not having the complete regard
for safety of other people around them.
"By having the community think of every
life that is lost as being a life, and not just a
number, then we can change that attitude and
change the way that people behave, to, ulti-
mately, drive the number of crashes down."
Keep your relatives safe
POLICE are reminding families they
have a responsibility to monitor their el-
derly loved ones' driving capabilities, af-
ter almost half of the local region's 2017
fatal accidents involved individuals over
the age of 70.
Barossa Chief Inspector Alby Quinn said
eight of the 17 lives lost in the region last
year involved elderly individuals, and it is
important that families realise they play an
important role in preventing road accidents
for their elderly relatives.
"If they feel that an elderly member of
their family shouldn't have a licence, then
they can do things to actually initiate a pro-
cess where the licence holders' licence sta-
tus is reviewed," he said.
"They can contact police, they can con-
tact motor vehicle, or speak to the person
"It could be a simple conversation where
they say, 'look, mum, dad or uncle, we see
that you are getting pretty slow in your car,
and we want to make sure that you are safe;
how about giving your licence away and
we will put in place other contingencies to
get you around?'.
"We understand that most people see it
as their right to drive, but it is actually a
CFS volunteers have assisted at the scenes of
Emergency services attended 17 fatal accidents in the region in 2017.
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