No Tolerance for Reckless Behaviour at Fairbairn Dam Bridge

20 Sep 2012

Emerald Police and SunWater have announced they are making a concerted effort to curb illegal behavior at the Fairbairn Dam Spillway Bridge which is currently closed.

At the weekend, SunWater reported that a vehicle had recklessly driven through safety signage and barriers at the Fairbairn Dam Spillway Bridge causing considerable damage.

This incident was reported to the Emerald Police for further investigation.

Officer in Charge of Emerald, Senior Sergeant Peter McFarlane, said this is the third incident of this nature in the last month and police will be making a concerted effort to catch those who continue to ignore road rules.

"It is illegal to disobey or interfere with signage and motorists who break these rules will be prosecuted," Mr MacFarlane said.

SunWater Area Operations Manager, Tom Wallwork, said that reckless behaviour at the Fairbairn Dam Spillway Bridge was not only illegal, but highly dangerous.

"Motorists who insist on illegally driving through barriers not only put themselves at risk of being prosecuted by police, they also put their own lives at risk," Mr Wallwork said.

"SunWater is currently assessing a comprehensive traffic management plan for the bridge to ensure the safety of drivers and its assets and we ask people to adhere to the traffic signs and barriers."

A date for the re-opening of the bridge will be determined once all the necessary assessments have been carried out.


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