Police crackdown in South Australia

Two-day operation sees 127 heavy vehicles checked, with four grounded and towed away

September 16, 2013

South Australian authorities have completed another heavy vehicle operation.

Over two days, police from the Heavy Vehicle Enforcement Section examined 127 heavy vehicles during an action also involving the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.

Of those, 69 defect notices were issued, including four heavy vehicles that were grounded and had to be towed away.

"From a road safety perspective, heavy vehicles should be subject to scrutiny because their mass and rigidity contribute to the severity of the crashes in which they are involved," police say.

"Operations of this type not only improve the safety of all road users, including the heavy vehicle drivers, they also recognise and support the heavy vehicle operators that ensure their vehicles are well maintained and road worthy."

Heavy vehicles travel more than 1.3 billion kilometres per year in South Australia, they add.

They represent 8 per cent of the kilometres travelled in the state and are involved in 16 per cent of fatal crashes and 7 per cent of serious injury crashes.

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