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New police car sets the pace on region's highways

Senior Constable Leigh Rickard with the Official Police Pace Car.
Senior Constable Leigh Rickard with the Official Police Pace Car. Mike Richards

WHILE day three of Road Safety Week came to a tragic end with a fatality on Bruce Hwy, local officers were determined to keep pressing home the need for people to take care when on the region's roads.

Senior Constable Leigh Rickard was out with the official pace car on Tuesday, operating a roadblock on the Bruce Hwy at Iveragh and showcasing the new addition to the local fleet.

"It's designed to be high visibility for all road users," Sen Const RIckard said.

"The pace vehicle's theme is obviously we're setting the pace and everyone should be able to set their own pace, that pace being of the speed limit or under the speed limit."

The vehicle, being used by the Calliope Road Policing Unit as well as general duties officers, is fitted with a number of features.

"It has a mobile radar in it which obviously can be used to detect vehicles exceeding the speed limit," Sen Const Rickard said.

"Also it's got an extra information bar across the back seat there which has the light display, which we can put up different warning signs on."

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