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Australia : Double demerits as police launch Xmas blitz.

WA Police has flexed its muscle ahead of the double demerit period which kicks in at midnight tonight until January 4, 2015.

Police and Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said police last night conducted a blitz on inner city roads, giving an idea of what motorists can expect this Christmas holiday period.

The booze bus was operating along with covert motorbikes and other cars working the side streets around it, while the long range camera was picking up motorists on mobile phones and without seatbelts, Mrs Harvey said.

The Minister pointed out that between January and December this year at least 15 fatal crashes and 23 serious crashes were caused by drink drivers. In the same period, 2,176 drivers were caught over the blood alcohol limit.

That s more than 2,000 people who are not only putting their own lives at risk but every other road user around them. It is completely irresponsible and an outrage, she said.

Over the 17-day Christmas holiday period last year police detected 389 drink drivers - an average of more than 22 a day.

So when you see the police out over the holidays don t curse them, thank them. They are not out to ruin Christmas. They are out to save lives, Mrs Harvey said.

Last Christmas period more than three million motorists were either stopped by police, processed by the number plate recognition system or monitored by a red light or speed camera.

If you are doing something stupid, dangerous or irresponsible on our roads over the coming weeks, there is every chance police will catch you and with double demerits you could easily lose your licence, the Minister said.

We want everyone to enjoy this time of the year and not have the tragedy of having to deal with the death of a loved one. Please be responsible and ensure your family and friends are doing the right thing too.

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