Traffic Thursday to target keeping left

SA Police campaign Traffic Thursday returns and this week focuses on the offence of failing to keep left on a multi-lane road.

The 24-hour, once-a-month operation, has had a strong education focus over the past 12 months, with the majority of motorists cautioned rather than fined as police continue their role in road safety.

The first road rule the Traffic Thursday campaign focused on, in July 2017, was keeping to the left with 226 motorists spoken to during the short, sharp campaign (207 of whom were issued with cautions).

“One of the key missions of police is to educate road users on road safety and road rules to prevent death and serious injury from crashes,” superintendent Robert Gray, the officer in charge of the Traffic Support Branch said.

“In addition to identifying offending drivers, we have also had a strong social media presence with this campaign. And we have been paying close attention to the factors which irk road users on a daily basis.

“For that reason, the topic of tomorrow’s Traffic Thursday campaign is back because we know how many drivers are frustrated by other road users failing to keep left.

“We believe this offence is regularly committed on our roads and may lead to tailgating and road rage-type incidents.

“Adherence to this rule is essential for a safe and efficient traffic flow.”

These road rules are policed as a matter of normal police business, but Traffic Thursday throws a spotlight on offences which are particularly frustrating for drivers and police.