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by police last
Friday, to be
the influence of
At 8.20pm, a
erie man was
stopped on Checker
He provided a
blood alcohol read-
ing of 0.119, and
was issued with a
loss of licence, and
his vehicle was im-
pounded for 28 days.
11.30pm, a 35-year-
old man was stopped
by police on Maggea
He provided a
blood alcohol read-
ing of 0.183, and fur-
ther checks revealed
he was also driving
He was issued
with a 12-month in-
stant loss of licence
and had his vehicle
impounded for 28
Both drivers will
be summonsed to
attend the Waikerie
Magistrates Court at
a later date.
RIVERLAND police stopped a man last
Tuesday, August 29, on Crush Terrace,
The 35-year-old submitted to a driver screen-
ing test where he recorded a positive reading for
He will be summonsed to appear in court
pending the results of forensic analysis.
POLICE are investigating an attempted
break-in at the Waikerie Children's Centre
Sometime between August 21 and 31, an at-
tempt was made to gain entry to the centre on
Marks Terrace, Waikerie.
Anyone with information is asked to contact
Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
All information can be provided anony-
Local drug driver
A LOCAL council has
been awarded $358,000 in
State Government funding
to ensure construction of a
priority road upgrade.
The Mid Murray Council
(MMC) received the funding as
part of its $1.79 million project
to improve safety and access
along the Eudunda to Truro
Road, a regionally significant
freight route which links di-
rectly to the Sturt Highway.
MMC acting mayor Kelly
Kuhn said the upgrade is part
of the council's Better Roads
for Growth strategy, offering
direct and indirect outcomes
for local industry, business, and
"Primary production, pro-
cessing, and freight are major
employers in the Mid Murray,
and council wants to support
them to not only have growth
opportunities, but also safe
access routes right now," she
"We have the second longest
length of road network to main-
tain in the state, so projects
like this can't go ahead without
attracting external funding
"The Eudunda to Truro Road
will only get busier as more
industry moves into the Mid
Murray over the next decade,
and the tourism trade increases
along our beautiful stretch of
"So MMC is investing and
attracting funding, for major
projects like this, to ensure it
can future-proof our part of the
Four kilometres of the Eu-
dunda to Truro Road is being
reconstructed under stage one
of the project, ensuring it meets
National Heavy Vehicle Road re-
quirements to allow movements
of large freight.
The funding announcement
was made possible by the State
Local Government Infrastruc-
ture Partnership (SLGIP) pro-
gram, designed to make it easier
for councils to bring forward
MMC director of infrastruc-
ture Services Greg Hill said his
team had a planned approach to
further upgrades for the busy
stretch of road, and hopes to at-
tract more funding in the next
"We have applied for fund-
ing from the Federal Govern-
ment's Bridge Renewal Program
to carry out upgrades to the
Dutton Bridge as the next prior-
ity, with an announcement on
this likely in November this
year," he said.
"My team will also apply for
funds in 2018 under the Heavy
Vehicle Safety Productivity
Program (HVSPP), which if suc-
cessful, will help upgrade the
remaining sections of the road."
$358k awarded for Mid
Murray road upgrade
RIVERLAND West motorists are
being asked to be vigilant and remain
conscious of the risks when behind the
wheel, following a rapid increase in
deaths on South Australian roads.
The Motor Accident Commission (MAC)
'remember or be remembered' campaign re-
turned to the state recently, urging drivers
to remember the road rules, or risk being
remembered as a road fatality.
Road Safety Minister Peter Malinauskas
said the loss of life on the roads has to stop.
"The last two months have been utterly
tragic, with a shocking increase in road
fatalities," he said.
"We have to pull together as a commu-
nity to ensure that this number doesn't
continue to rise.
"Sadly, we continue to see deaths and se-
rious injuries that could have been avoided.
"Driver behaviours such as excessive
speed, failure to wear a seatbelt, disobeying
simple road rules, and inattention have all
led to deaths on our roads.
"Within the tragedy, the reduction in
serious injuries is a positive and shows
that many people are doing the right thing
"We are pleading with all road users to
take the upmost care on the roads, and stop
the senseless loss of life."
Following a record low road toll in 2016,
South Australia's road toll is currently at 69,
compared to 52 at the same time last year.
For the first half of 2017, SA's road toll
remained lower than last year.
However, July was a horror month with
12 fatalities, followed by another 12 fatali-
ties in August.
The fatalities this year have so far been
evenly split between country and metro
Motorcycle deaths have been particularly
high at 12, compared to five by August 2016.
Pedestrian deaths have also been high
at 10, compared to four at the same time
More than 75 per cent of fatalities this
year have been male, and nearly 20 per cent
of those who have lost their lives have been
over the age of 70.
However, 2017 has seen a substantial re-
duction in serious injuries, with nearly 100
less serious injuries year-to-date reported.
Don't be a road statistic, says MAC
AFTER 24 road fatalities in two months, the Motor Accident Commission is urging drivers to
remember the road rules or risk being a road statistic.
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